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Why Looking Forward (Not Backward) Is Best For Your Health

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Why Looking Forward (Not Backward) Is Best For Your Health

Looking ahead in healthcare

In a car, there is a windshield that you look forward through and rear-view mirror that allows you to look behind you. It’s interesting to note that the rear-view mirror is significantly smaller than the windshield.

Using this same analogy towards your health situation will give you a clearer picture of what you really need to focus on moving forward in your healthcare.

What does it have to do with your health?

Most people consider health care in a restorative model. Which means they’re looking at what had happened in the past and how it affects the present situation. Rather than looking forward to how their body or health can move in an upward spiral. What window you’re looking through makes all the difference.

If you’re to drive your car looking through the rear-view mirror rather than windshield, you may not arrive safely at your destination. If you really want to make true progress and true gains, the key is to look forward and not backward. If you focus on your problems, symptoms, concerns, and challenges, you can’t focus on improving your function, your joy, quality of life, fitness level, adaptability.

A Restorative Approach to Healthcare

​A restorative approach to healthcare looks at your problems, challenges, symptoms, concerns and invests so much of energy in pain. It tries to get rid of them (that’s not the goal). The goal is to have a quality lifestyle, ability to handle stress and focusing on the things that bring happiness and joy into your life.

A Reorganizational Approach to Healthcare

​A reorganizational approach comes in, when you pursue the goal of having an increased capacity. It is a way to bring the understandings from diseases of meaning to the practice of traditional and alternative care. This approach focuses on moving forward, increasing capacity to handle more developing new skill, sets new strategies and focusing on the road ahead or upward spiral, thereby help to produce a map for individuals to self-assess and pull on strengths to create sustainable change. A reorganizational healing approach assists individuals with concrete tools to discover, explore and use the meanings of their current situation, symptoms, problems, and life-stressors as catalysts to taking new and sustained action to create a more fulfilling and resilient life.

If You Want To Move Forward, You Have to Look Forward

​If you focus only on the rear-view mirror, when driving forward, you are endangering your life. If you want to move forward, you have to look through the front windshield. There is a reason why the windshield is so big and the rear-view mirror is small. So, change your focus and change your life.

Developing a reorganizational approach map assists both healer and patient in understanding how they change their perceptions on health issues. Your success will be made possible when you have a forward mindset.

By Dr. Daniel KnowlesNovember 22, 2015
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