Happy New Year: A Time for Positive Change

Dr. John Briggs

Happy New Year: A Time for Positive Change

4 mins
December 28, 2020

I pray your Christmas was wonderful. My wish for you is that 2021 will be a year of abundant blessings. This time of year can be extremely difficult for many. I remember Christmas of 1971, being on the gun line in Vietnam, away from home and in hostile circumstances. We were tied up to a munitions ship with an all hands work party bringing on board 1000 five-inch projectiles and powder casings.

Being the interior communications electrician, I had wired a small car cassette player up to the 1MC announcing system and played Bing Crosby Christmas music all over the ship, (how to change your environment regardless of circumstances). Being away from loved ones back home, I was able to take comfort in being with those I was stationed with. It can be difficult but, in most situations, we can find some degree of comfort.

As we enter into 2016, many will decide to make lifestyle changes for the better. This is a positive move for sure. How you implement your desire will either manifest in success or failure. A verbal or mental desire alone won’t get the job done. If you truly desire to meet with success, you have to plan out your goal then diligently pursue it. Change doesn’t happen all by itself.

The first step in any transformation is identifying what you want to change, and what you want the end result to look like. Creating a vision which can be shared means you’ve defined your desire to the point of being able to reproduce and impart the vision to someone else. If you’re unable to convey the vision to someone else, you’ve not fully embraced it yourself.

You must begin to see yourself acquiring the end result. If it’s not a vision you hold within, it won’t be a driving force for you to obtain. Truly motivated individuals accomplish more in a day than many non-motivated people accomplish in a year.

Always aim high. The person who says they’ve accomplished everything they’ve ever attempted, probably hasn’t attempted anything very great. Failure occurs only when one quits. Setbacks are opportunities to find out other avenues to accomplish a goal. The vision, if strong enough will fuel itself, and will drive you toward success.

Don’t let previous failures prevent you from obtaining your goal. Today is a new day, and previous setbacks only influence your outcome if you meditate on them.

If your goal is to lose weight, define how much. Write the number down. Determine what a realistic time frame is to reach your goal. Identify all obstacles to obtaining your goal. Evaluate how important it is to keep those obstacles in your life if you crave them. Is it more important for you to keep that bad habit, or to see your goal manifest? What are you willing to sacrifice to reach your desired goal in the allotted time?

Anything worth having usually comes with sacrifices. If weight loss is your goal, which are you most comfortable keeping, the weight, or the habit that’s been defeating your attempts at weight loss? Your success will be determined by your answer to that question.

If you desire to beat a disease like diabetes, you’ll have to identify cause first, and then evaluate your lifestyle to see if it’s a contributor. If so, are you willing to change your lifestyle to promote health, or just remain on the path you’ve been on? Dietary changes as well as activity changes are required if you desire to beat a disease like this one. We have nutritional supports like Gymnema, (a sugar blocker), as well as support for pancreatic function and cellular metabolism. These are excellent at modifying the body’s response to sugars, but if you fail to change lifestyle, long term success is impossible. After all, how did the condition get there?

Because making lifestyle changes requires wisdom, knowledge, and determination, obtaining a good life coach, who understands your issues, is helpful. When a professional sports team repeatedly loses, it’s not uncommon to see the coach fired, and a new one hired. A coach looks for weak areas and identifies strong ones. Then he or she assists the player in overcoming their weaknesses and focusing on how to utilize their strength to win.

I see myself as a life coach and take great joy in seeing lives transformed. Discovering and developing healthy lifestyle habits is a great beginning to a wonderful and bright 2021. I’m here and ready to address your health needs. I have appointments available, so consider a healthy change for 2021. Are you ready for a life transformation?

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Dr Briggs is a 1980 graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and has been practicing naturopathic medicine in the northwest corner of Oregon since his graduation. His practice involves diagnostic and therapeutic modalities which have stood the test of time and the challenges of diverse disease. We believe that each person exists dynamically as a spirit being, possessing a soul made up of their mind, will, and emotions, living in a body which requires specific care and nutrition. To address only the physical needs is to ignore the real person, and frequently, the real issues. We strive to address all your issues (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical) with compassion and wisdom.

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Dr. John Briggs

Dr. John Briggs is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.