Change (part two): Preparation

Bob Dylan said there’s nothing so stable as change.  Pre-Dylan philosopher Heraclitus put it this way:

The only thing that is constant is change.

Stable, constant.

Permanent, certain.

Whether you like it and seek it, or hate it and run from it: everything always changes.  Most change is out of our control. Consider the weather, someone else’s attitude, road conditions, home/car repairs, illness, accidents, and layoffs as some of the stuff in life we can’t change.

There is still a great portion of stuff we can.

In part one of this blog series on change I discussed why we resist change and challenged you to think about one area in yourself you’d like to change.  Go back and reread it if you need to.  You should have written down one thing. If your thing is “big” like these –

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break it down into smaller, more defined short term goals.

If your desired change is to “get healthy” (good choice!) what are the smaller steps that lead to good health? Write them down and circle one.

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Start with that. It’s good to have high aspirations, but don’t set the bar too high. Think of change as a muscle.  In order for muscle growth you have to begin with a weight you can actually lift. You add on as tolerated, allowing the muscle to adapt to grow. If you start out high and hard, you will likely get injured or give up.

What it is it that you want to do? Define it. Imagine it. Put it in writing. Organize it. Gather the knowledge you need, enlist help, start equipping yourself with the tools to help you be successful.

changeYou have now entered the action phase of change. I’ll talk more about action in part three.

Preparation is key to successful change. Know what you want, and educate yourself on how to get there. In between here and there establish clear, manageable steps.

Until we meet again for some action, here’s a little Dylan inspiration…

Gonna put my good foot forward and stop being influenced by fools.

Remember. You got this.

Flu Health Advisory: Something Wicked this Way Comes

John Henry Fuseli's The Nightmare

The CDC issued a health advisory yesterday.  The vaccine for this flu season will NOT provide protection against the predominant “drifted” strain of H3N2 that is now circulating and has already caused five pediatric deaths.
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Yes, you should still get the flu shot because some protection is better than none, but you also must be prepared for the worst:

Despite being vaccinated, you may still get the flu.

How do you know if you have the flu?

The flu is a nasty. Bad, horrible, agonizing…and potentially deadly.

  • It comes on suddenly.  It usually starts with a headache and fever.
  • You’re exhausted but can’t sleep.
  • You get hot and feverish and then you break out in a cold, uncontrollable sweaty spasm of shaking chills (rigors).
  • Your head and lungs fill up and you cough, cough, cough.
  • Raw, sore throat.
  • Kids may get diarrhea, stomach pains, vomiting.
  • Your bones hurt, and your body is so achy you can’t even blink without pain.  You know you’ve got the flu because the only way to describe it is,
                           I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck.

    The flu is a respiratory illness – it is not a cold, it is not a stomach bug. Although It is caused by a virus, there is treatment for it:

    If you think you have come down with the flu, call your primary care provider as soon as your symptoms start.  If it’s the weekend, don’t wait for monday, if it’s the middle of the night, don’t wait for morning.  There are two FDA approved anti-viral drugs recommended to treat the flu: Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and Zanamivir (Relenza) .

    These drugs work best when started within 48 hours of getting sick, but they can still be useful if given later in the course of the flu. The medications can make the flu milder and shorter. More importantly, if you are at high risk for complications, the treatment can divert a hospitalization and reduce the risk of dying.

    Now that we know what to expect, we can prepare.

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something wicked this way comes and right now I feel like I just ate a cold snail raw.