Have you ever developed any stress management programs? When was the last time that you sat down and wrote out a detailed plan for something you wanted to get done? Maybe it was a shopping list, a schedule, a "To Do" list or some other organizational tool to help you keep things on track. For many people, the last comprehensive plan they developed was their wedding plan. The use of planning in today’s society is weak at best.
The majority of people don’t even write anything down when they decide to start something as big as a business. According to Michael Gerber of the E-Myth (The Entrepreneurial Myth), most new businesses start with no plan at all, which is why 96% of businesses fail within the first 10 years. Gerber says that most new businesses start because of an entrepreneurial seizure. The would-be business owner just wakes up one day; feeling fed up about something in his or her life, and decides to start a business. It’s no wonder the failure rate of new business start-ups is so high.
There is much similarity between business start-ups and fledgling wellness efforts. Every day, people decide they will try to get back their health, in one way or another. She goes on a diet; he joins a gym; they buy some vitamins; and so on. As with most business start-ups, almost all wellness efforts fail due to lack of planning. The only people who succeed long term in achieving and maintaining wellness are those that engage in a detailed and comprehensive planning process.
Becoming obese or sick with chronic degenerative disease didn’t just happen overnight, and it took years of abuse of our bodies. Getting well is going to take extremely consistent and focused stress management programs in which you deal all four of the major fields of stress. Thankfully, there are excellent planning tools available for us to utilize.
When you design stress management programs to address your wellness issues, they should be in writing. You must set up some system to help you track your plan and the progress you make. An excellent tool for this process is a simple three-ring binder with some dividers in it. Once you have that binder set up, you can get to work on developing your stress management programs.
There are many factors to consider as you develop your wellness plan. These include:
If you could take the time to create a plan that considers all of these factors then you will have a good chance of making sure that your wellness effort actually sticks.