Your Health Decision: Taking It On the Chin or Instant Gratification?

by The Atlas Of Life on August 19, 2011

Get rich quick. 0% down, 100% financing. Lose 10 lbs in one weekend. Gain 20 lbs of muscle in one month. Get your gall bladder removed. Take a painkiller to dull that pain. Get a gastric bypass to lose 100 lbs in 6 months. Get a liposuction with your c-section like all the movie stars.

Our society is all about instant gratification. What’s in it for me and how fast can I get it? From wealth to health, everyone is looking for that magic elixir to help them emulate the richest, best looking people in society. Who cares about the cost when you can look good, feel good, and buy goods now?

Since graduating from Chiropractic school and starting my own practice, I have learned first hand there is no easy road to success. It is only through endurance, persistence, focus, hard work, and faith that success will answer your call.

Your health is no different. When people come into my office, they are hurting and miserable. Their health has progressively gotten worse over the years and Chiropractic is their last hope. And then they have their first adjustment…

It is becoming a very routine thing to witness sudden healing after a person’s first visit into our office. But when that happens, I warn them. I tell people that yes, they will get better and yes, their body will heal over time. But it will take time and it may not always be smooth.

One patient in particular was having some difficult symptoms that came up after experiencing a good first few weeks of care in our office. We talked, I encouraged him to stay the course, and he did. His reward was worth it. He is now feeling fantastic, and the change is apparent in his cheerful demeanor.

Optimal health is not an overnight thing. And it doesn’t come in a pill or a syringe. That is instant gratification and it never works. Booster shots prove that with vaccines and painkillers do the same with pain.

Health begins with a mindset, a determination to get better, to have more, and a willingness to see it through. Taking it on the chin in the beginning can reap great results later. But it takes someone with some guts and willingness to tolerate some pain and discomfort.

Nothing worth having in life is easy; not being successful, not being financially sound, not having a great marriage and family, and not being healthy. If it was, everyone in our country would have a six-figure job, our country wouldn’t be $14 trillion in debt, divorce and emotional abuse wouldn’t exist, and our country would use 0% of the world’s prescription drugs instead of the 75% it currently uses.

To quote Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never, never give up.” Because if you take the easy way out, you will face the consequences later. And with your health, those are consequences you don’t want to gamble with.