Persistence Is Essential For Your Health

When it comes to your health, you must be persistent by asking questions, always learning and never settling for poor health. I have a little story about persistence I want to share with you.

A couple of years ago my wife (Bethany) and I took a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, just after Thanksgiving. We both wanted to see the Christmas decorations at the Biltmore Estates. If you ever get a chance to go to Asheville, NC, you need to check out the Biltmore. I promise, you will not be disappointed. I believe this was the second time for myself, and the third time for my wife that we had been to this beautiful home.  The Biltmore holds a special place with both of us because that is where I proposed to her a year, or so, before.

On this trip, I wanted to take more time to check out the grounds and gardens around the house. We went walking all around, and on our way back I had this genius idea that it would be much shorter to go around to the opposite side of the house from which we had originally come. At this point, we are about one thousand feet behind the house and looking up the hill at it. So we walk down this well-paved road to the other side of the house, which would be the right side if you are looking at it from the front. By this time we were starting to get hungry and tired of walking. I began to have this little insecurity in my gut that this may not have been such a great idea. Then I would have to tell Bethany we are going to have to walk all the way back around to the other side which would have taken over a good thirty minutes of walking.

As we were approaching the right side of the house, I could see this is where the employees parked, but I could not see how to get where we needed to go unless we did something drastic. Like hop over a railing or scale a 6-foot high rock wall. Then somehow pull up my wife over the wall. By this time Bethany was pretty frustrated saying, “Brian, I knew we should of went back the same way we came.” I just knew it was shorter, so I took a chance on going this way. We were the only ones back there amongst a bunch of cars. I just knew if I found where the employee entrance was we could try to convince them to let us in.

Finally, we found a door open where they were taking food into some of the restaurants. However, there was a rope blocking our way. Fed up, my wife sped through the back door passing Biltmore employees, looking casual, of course, and stepped over the rope. Within seconds we were amongst all the other tourists and no one had followed after us.  I told Bethany this was my plan the whole time and that I never sweated us getting lost at all. Of course, she let out an indignant, “Ha!” and headed towards the bathrooms.  

In this situation, I did not give up, I persisted and took a chance, and everything was fine.  I am not saying it will always work out like this. Often it does not work out this way. If we would just go for it, I think we would be surprised at what we can get away with if we just asked, took action, or persisted on something long enough when most others would have given up already.

The point of this story is if you are struggling to reach your health goals and you are not sure you are going the right way, I challenge you not to give up.  I want you to persist by learning all you can and not being afraid to try new things that you have learned. I strongly feel whatever health crisis you are facing there are answers out there. It is often not easy to find them, but do not give up and work with your doctor to come up with a solution or a plan that creates progress.  If your doctor is not open to your suggestions, then you need to find another doctor. The days of just doing whatever your doctor says without question are over.

Be persistent in taking control of your health for yourself and for those who love you. It will be scary, and you may get funny looks if you do something other than following the conventional advice. You may have to step out in faith and do something different if you are not getting the results you are looking for. You may have to look into integrative or functional approaches to your health challenge.  In many cases, your doctor will not know what is best for your health, and you will need to look outside the box, and that is ok.  I am here to help you every step of the way.

What are some of the ways you have been persistent in improving your health?  Have you followed the normal advice, and did it or did it not work? Did you try something different and did it work for you? Let me know in the comments below or message me with your questions.

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