What Drives Your Thrive?
Just what drives your thrive? We are talking motivation here. What makes you chose one thing over another? I’ve spent a lot of time trying to determine why I make choices I know are not the best for me instead of choices that are good for me. It has been time well spent. Let me explain.
You may know I am in the middle of a 12-week class to help me develop healthy lifestyle habits. I shared in the previous post my observation of the class participants that the concept of a healthy lifestyle is easy, but implementation is very difficult. It has been unanimous that we all struggle to put into practice what we are learning. It is clear to me changing my lifestyle to a healthier one is going to take even more effort than I’ve given it.
I do not need to be convinced that a healthy lifestyle is necessary to best manage my rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I made basic lifestyle changes in 5 areas and coined the acronym FRESH as a quick reference when my joints hurt to keep the inflammation in check. I believe lifestyle changes are as important as the medications I take to fight my RA. What I need is to firmly establish my motivation for adhering to positive lifestyle choices so I can make those good choices. It is like righting a huge ship!
My motivation has to be a deep desire. A desire greater than my sugar addiction. Yes, addiction. I crave the stuff. This is where I’ve worked on my thinking in many ways. I’ve discovered my drive to thrive. What drives me to thrive revolves around doing those things that are anti-inflammatory in order to live the best I can. Inflammation could shorten my life and make it less fulfilling.
There is so much good information put out by researchers and clinicians that we now know what we eat and how we treat our body does absolutely determine how well we live. As a pharmacist, I am very interested in the immune system and what I can do to prevent infections and “feed” the beneficial microbes that make up the microbiome. I also want to exercise muscles to help support my joints to prevent disability. I want to have good sleep hygiene so my body can recuperate from the days work. I want to learn ways to deal with stress so my body doesn’t have to be in the potentially damaging stress mode. I want to do keep properly hydrated so my body can flush toxins, my joints can be bathed and buffered, and my body systems can function best.
What drives your thrive may be very different than mine. It may be to be able to play with your children or grandchildren. It is very personal. We can’t fool ourselves for long. We have to believe in and own our personal, unique drive or motivation to thrive.
My drive to make lifestyle changes was a piece missing from developing a sustainable, successful, positive trajectory for a life well lived, even with RA, fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s, Rosacea …
I would love to hear what drives your thrive! Inspire me!
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