We have all heard of the “if-then” equation: “If this happens, then that will happen.” However, there are certain myths involved with the word “if.” Myth number one: The “if-then” equation is often uttered with confidence. Myth number two: The “if-then” equation is routinely utilized with no regard for long-term damage.
Let’s debunk both of these myths:
1. As the “if-then” equation is spoken with confidence, we must understand the “if” portion is shrouded with doubt. IF does not come close to confidence; it leaves overt room for failure. If your desire is to be confident in your goals/tasks/dreams, “if” cannot become a confidently spoken word. Remember, “if” is always surrounded by doubt.
2. When the “if-then” equation becomes routine, long term damage can occur in your psyche. Doubt builds up inside; to the point that “doubt” dictates your life. Doubt has no regard for confidence, success or accomplishment.
How does the “if-then” equation apply to our personal wellness? As law enforcement personnel, “if” cannot be part of our makeup. We either do it or we don’t. We must decide not to be IF-THEN people; we must decide to be WHEN people.
WHEN we get our nutrition under control; WHEN we make dedicated activity routine; WHEN we manage our personal time effectively; WHEN we control our personal thought life; WHEN does not leave room for doubt; it permeates success. In law enforcement we fully adopt the mantra of failure is not an option. We must carry the previous announcement into our personal wellness practice. Here are a couple of tips:
1. Begin to remove “if” and replace it with “when” often. This will begin to bring change from the inside out.
2. Do not wait until tomorrow to begin the “when!” Start now.
Friends, the WHEN must epitomize the makeup of our inner person. Confidence must rise up within us and flood throughout the ranks. Success must become our only option.
In this day and time particularly, personal wellness must not be left behind in our daily march through life. The healthier we are on the inside and on the outside will certainly play a major role in how we handle the increasing tension and scrutiny.
WHEN we avoid inflammatory foods (processed, fried, sugars, MSG, gluten), our health will improve.
WHEN we include vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins, our health will improve.
WHEN we exercise 3-4 times weekly, our health will improve.
WHEN we control our time and thought life, our health will improve.
WHEN all these things occur, we will represent ourselves to the fullest capacity in our careers of service and protection. We were designed to be “WHEN” people–never forget that.