Taking Stock of 2010: Your Annual Health Review

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The time leading
up to New Year’s is typically about everything but resolutions
– or related reflection. With the seasonal slew of parties,
shopping, and travel, resolutions too often emerge spontaneously
from the hazy shadow of holiday recovery. Little wonder these last
minute, little thought out pledges barely make it beyond the starting
gate. Here’s a modest proposal to consider: forget the resolutions
(for now). Instead of planning for 2011, take the day (or more)
to mull, ponder, scrutinize, dissect, chew on, and generally pore
over 2010. Think long and hard – from where you were sitting
last January 1st to now. What kind of year was it for your health
and overall well-being? (Do I hear applause, sighs, groans?) What
were your successes? Your failures? Unfinished business? New or
ongoing excuses? (Hint: Brutal honesty and unbridled inquest are
key here.) Wherever you are in your Primal journey, this New Year’s
Eve there’s a lot to gain from a serious and thorough self-review.

So, here’s
the nitty gritty. Find some time when you can be by yourself
(or at least be free from rampant interruption). Take out some paper.
Yes, really. Commit to the process.
Here’s
a PDF
you can print off for this very purpose. (Added bonus:
it pairs perfectly with the document in tomorrow’s post. Stay
tuned.) Start perusing this year’s story.

Recall your
triumphs and failures in all their revealing detail.
Ask yourself
what was behind the successes and shortcomings. Look your ghosts
in the eye. Submitting yourself to this examination is a crucial
step of the process. (You don’t want to be a step-skipper,
do you?)

The principle
behind the exercise is this: understanding where you’ve been
– and how things have worked (or not) in the past – will
help you create a more promising agenda as you move forward. On
the subject of health and wellness, what did you attempt this past
year? Where were you successful in your endeavors? What strategies,
relationships, and other aids facilitated that success? Where
did you fall short?
What about your approach or motivation just
didn’t get you over the hump? What excuses did you make? Write
‘em all down – every single one. What choices and situations
contributed to your stumbling? What do you think could’ve helped
you gain back your traction?

I’m sure
you see what I’m getting at here. Examine your experience
and learn from it.
It’s not about kicking yourself for
not following what “should’ve” worked. If you’re
genuinely committed, it’s about setting yourself up for success
– however that should look for you personally. We’ve
all dealt in trial and error. It’s accepting the lesson that
matters.

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