I often speak of having “reasons”, a “why”, a “greater good” that’s bigger than ourselves. I truly believe that this framework constitutes a pillar of success in life, and therefore, in diabetes management. The following is an excerpt from an earlier post, where I describe the foundation of my “why”, and how it provides clear motivation for achieving success.
“Some of us have more of it than others. Sometimes it shows up robust and unexpected. Other times we must search the depths just to find a sliver of it. But many times even a sliver can change lives. What is this illustrious phenomenon, you ask?……none other than motivation.
It is with this word in mind that I watch my kids grow and reflect with wonder on the generosity and sacrifices that my parents, my wife, and other family and friends have made to ensure that my diabetes stays in check. I acknowledge the fact that this disease does not exist in isolation. It’s not a little pill that’s taken before bed and forgotten for 24 hours. It’s actually a lifestyle that involves the help and coordination of those closest to the patient. Frustration, excitement, fear, accomplishment, confusion, camaraderie, and temptation are all present in this community from time to time. The patient’s goals become common goals.
This communal aspect of diabetes brings me back to my original thoughts on motivation. Because complications can be either prevented or prolonged (And in some cases of Type II, this applies to the disease itself), we hold an incredible opportunity to show our gratitude to our loved ones. The motivation to remain controlled flows like a fire hydrant under the perspective of continuing the hard work of my parents, and living a long and healthy life with my wife and children. It is the only thanks they want, and the only thanks that will even begin to come close to sufficing.”
I am reintroducing this concept because of its incredible magnitude. I once heard a wise physician say, “diabetes is half mental and half physical.” The older I get, the more this rings true. Furthermore, in a study being conducted by the Joslin Diabetes Center, researchers are confirming that patients who have thrived with diabetes for 50 years or more tend to have a more positive outlook regarding the disease than their counterparts who have not had such success.
“But I’m a glass-half-empty kind of person”, you say? Well, that can be changed as well. Our outlook on anything is developed with practice. Just like working a muscle, we can use repetition to create the outlook we desire. Here are a few quick tips to turn a frown upside down:
- Cultivate gratitude by naming several things you are thankful for everyday.
- Give someone a compliment.
- Waste time with your kids.
- Call an old friend.
Thanks for reading; I hope you enjoyed my post. If you’re looking for more help in this area, my 21-Day A1c Challenge is a great way to dive deeper into this, and other topics. Also, I am available for personal coaching, with various customizable packages offered.
Let’s be less than 7, greater than low. God bless.