Now that you have gathered some personal statistics, made your doctor's appointment and set your goals, what is the second step in defining your wellness path? You must set priorities. How do you go about this? First, make a list of your particular strengths and weaknesses that occur throughout the day. Don't be too critical, and don't try to list every single bad habit or pattern. Do spend some time on your strengths. This is not the time to feel shy.
What qualifies as a strength? Think about what gives you peace, joy and satisfaction. Is it spending time with family and friends, engaging in sports, listening to music, or learning something new? Identifying and appreciating your strengths will bolster your efforts in defining your personal wellness path. Why not take a few minutes right now to think about your personal strengths.
What about weaknesses? Take a moment to think about what makes you feel sad or irritated. Are you having difficulty sleeping, beating yourself up for indulging in "bad foods" or worrying about unhealthy relationships? As you go about your day try your best to identify your biggest challenges. Be honest. Self assessment can be enlightening. Remember that you are worth the effort. Setting your own personal priorities will help your path take shape and direction.
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