There is a image floating around social media that says “your beliefs don’t make you a better person your behavior does.” This saying is totally misguided because it is our beliefs that become our behavior, whether that behavior is good or not. Each and every one of us have beliefs about every aspect of life, and it is all of those beliefs that make us behave in a certain way. Some beliefs make us better versions of ourselves. Our beliefs should not be used to one-up or put down people. What does this have to do with our health? Everything. Because what you believe you bring about. Your behavior reflects your beliefs.
Everything in our lives is connected to who we are and what we say and do. Our beliefs are so connected to our behavior that we thoroughly need to keep a constant eye on what we believe to make sure that we are exhibiting that. If you have positive health beliefs then you’ll have positive health behaviors. You can’t have one without the other. You can’t go around believing that you’re in tip-top health if you’re behavior shows everyone that you’re a junk food junkie. You can’t keep eating all the junk food and expect to lose weight and be healthy.
A short glimpse into this is through a close personal friend. She reads everything she can get her hands on to read about health. She has cabinets full of health supplements and vitamins, yet she is still one of the sickest people I know. Why? Because all that knowledge she has, she refuses to put to use. Her health behavior is in direct correlation to her beliefs. When she thinks something is working, she is healthier. But when her belief in a supplement or treatment wanes, she becomes sicker because her belief leads her into faulty behaviors of the past.
I always have to ask myself, “Am I like this?” after spending time with her. And sometimes I am. I believe that exercise is a key component to everyone’s health, and it’s often the one thing that is left out of a health plan. Sometimes because of my own health issues, I don’t like to exercise and I will balk at even the mention of a walk, all the while knowing that if I just went for the walk I’d feel better.
I’m hoping I’m not the only one who goes through her many beliefs and tries to figure out the references that hold up those beliefs. It’s not a new concept. It’s been around for years. Every belief we have, has references that hold it up just like a table. Remove the references (legs) and the belief falls down, just like a table.
Change the references of your beliefs.
Change your beliefs.
Change your behavior.