Changing a behavior is difficult to say the least. Behaviors are habits. Habits are created by developing neurological patterns in your brain. Shaped and molded by a combination of genetics, development, environmental, social and familial experiences. The brain is capable of change and developing patterns and establishing new neural pathways. Coaching is a scientifically researched method to successfully achieving new behaviors, habits, neural patterns. Learning, rehearsing, persistence with new behaviors lead to the development of new neural pathways. Developing new healthy behavior patterns doesn't necessarily guarantee prevention of disease or disability from occurring. However, the healthier the habits and behaviors that are mapped in our brains, the stronger our capacity for resilience to stress, disease, sudden illness and disability, if and when it occurs. The result is a more authentic healthier you.
Living is about resilience. Standing strong in the face of adversity, when life throws you a curve ball or a maverick comes crashing into your shore of life. Resilience is having the courage to face the adversity, develop persistence and steadfastness to hold on and maintain focus on the silver lining or the light at the end of the tunnel.
The only constant in life is change. Life will always bring you waves; some waves will be smooth and some will be mavericks. When life rolls the big ones, the easy action would be to have someone throw you a ring buoy, pull you to safety and tell you what you did wrong and what you need to to right. This parallels the current paradigm in health care that is failing.
What then, you may say, will help me survive those tough currents? After spending 20 plus years treating patients acutely after sudden onset illness, I have witnessed what does not work. Dishing out education, information, what to do and what not to do...etc., is ineffective at best. After returning home, they (patients) begin "feeling better" in a few weeks, they return to the same lifestyle, the same unhealthy choices landing back in the emergency room with the same or more severe illness and consequences. A few receive their wake-up call during their hospital course and actually do seek empowerment and help to change course to a healthier lifestyle. Many do not.
The answer for better outcomes in our health care system and our individual ownership of health is learning to be a better swimmer through those big waves that pull us under. Learning to adapt, learning confidence, becoming stronger to life's many waves leads to being a better swimmer. Integrative Health Coaching is the missing link that will fill in this gap of our current failing health care system. A coach will inspire, uncover motivation, provide reinforcement, resources, tools, and accountability for lasting change...your partner in the ocean of life with the outcome of being a better swimmer!
-Coach Lou Winterling, July 3, 2014