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1. Accurately define your present situation and access your health "risks". Are you eating a healthy diet? Are you getting enough exercise and good quality sleep? What are consequences if you DON'T change? Weigh benefits of healthier living vs potential risks such as increased cost, inconvenience or discomfort.
2. What do you stand to gain if you change your present circumstances? Assess "up-side" potential. Too often we look only at "downside" risk and forget benefits. What good things might happen if you take risk and win?
3. Limit "down-side" if you happen to make a wrong decision. Don't continue down a path if it does not produce results. This is especially important when following weight loss programs. If pounds are not coming off or if weight loss is only temporary, find a new program! You not only want to lose weight, but want to sustain weight loss for as long as possible. Take steps to ensure this will happen. Clear, concise, realistic objectives will definitely help.
4. Reduce your risk by being smart! Understand situation and seek advice of experts in field of health and nutrition. This includes finding and forming partnerships to receive support and get good advice.
5. Have a fall-back position. If decision you make fails to produce desired results, be prepared to take a long, hard look at circumstances and be prepared to change what you are doing.
Everything in life involves some element of risk. Driving your car, meeting someone new, crossing street...but we do them every day. Winners in life are willing to accept risk and continue on their way! Get involved, be smart about how you play game, come prepared for a few failures along way, but don't quite. You will reap benefits for your effort and live a happier and healthier life. I like to remember words of great Winston Churchill when he said, "Never, never, never give up!"
The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to medically diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Consult a health care practitioner before beginning any health care program.
Emily Clark is editor at Lifestyle Health News and Medical Health News where you can find the most up-to-date advice and information on many medical, health and lifestyle topics.