I was relaxing (translate: vegging out with a glass of wine) this afternoon, watching an old episode of Sex and the City (SATC). It was the one where Carrie gets a job writing for VOGUE and Candice Bergen plays her editor. As Candice is reading over her article submission she questions whether or not Carrie knows anything about shoes, to which Carrie responds, “I may not know men, but shoes . . . shoes, I know!” This struck a chord with me on this particular evening.
You see, by looking at me you may not think I know much about health, well-being, or nutrition. . .however, all of that, I KNOW! But if I am not doing, do I really know?! Deep, huh? I can recite why partially hydrogenated oils are bad, why spirulina is good, why I like to juice (albeit, occasionally). I can tell you why I believe in paleo, but I am NOT living it.
Like anyone, I have good days and bad, but on the whole . . . I am not doing enough. Knowing is reflected in doing. If you know and do not do, you do not KNOW! That’s just how it works. What came first, the chicken or the egg? Who cares, eat the egg – its a perfect protein . . . but I digress……….I know I can be successful at anything I set my mind to, but if I refuse to take action the knowing is all for not, yes? Work with me people.
My sister has recently taken up paleo and she is achieving AMAZING results. She has RA and she’s trying to ween off her medication. While weaning, her pain increased–I happened to catch her at the perfect time to introduce her to the world of paleo. She has been quite successful, her pain is relatively manageable, for now, and she looked AMAZING at our family reunion. (She always looks amazing, but we all know what paleo does for our skin, so you get it.)
She knows–and she’s DOING–that’s how I know she knows. I spent the family reunion eating toooooo many unpaleo foods. But WHY?!?! I KNOW better. I think part of the problem lies in the fact that for all intents and purposes I am relatively healthy – you know, as healthy as someone clinically obese could be. I have not created a compelling enough argument for change, obviously.
To paraphrase Mr. Tony Robbins (that’s banana hands from Shallow Hal, for you less “enlightened” individuals), when your desire for the vision of your future becomes more compelling than your current state, change occurs . . . soooooo, how the heck do I make that happen?!?! (Mind you I just completed a course in strategy in my graduate program.) So what to do, what to do?!
How about I apply some of the tools that I learned in my strategic leadership class?! Ding, ding, ding!!! We have a WINNER!!! Knowing what I know about health, nutrition, and strategy development, I am GOOD to go on developing a compelling future for my life. Rock ON! Keep an eye out for all my techy, businessy, strategy stuff. It’s gonna be awesome!