1 Tip to Empower Your Health & Wellbeing
Have you ever experienced an event that changed your life forever?
How about …
Have you ever gotten sick after eating dinner out at a restaurant?
I’ll bet you hesitate to go back to that restaurant or you may have written a bad review on their website.
How about something like this …
Have you ever had a flat tire when driving home alone?
I’ll bet you know exactly where your car jack and lug wrench are now and you are sure to have your spare tire filled with air. You may have joined AAA or another road service program after that flat tire experience.
We have all experienced events that have changed our lives forever. The actions we take after the event define us moving forward – these actions develop behavior patterns that ensure our survival.
I imagine you’re wondering, what does this have to do with my having cancer? You’re about to find out …
Once a negative experience happens, we adjust our behavior moving forward. Adjusting behavior is human nature and is our road to survival.
And so when we are diagnosed with cancer or any debilitating disease or injury, what should we do? Should we continue to live life exactly as we had immediately before the diagnosis or injury?
Heck no! We need to make some serious behavior changes. The big question is, where to begin?
We begin making changes when we seek medical advice for our ailment. I would expect that frequent visits with a doctor is not part of your daily routine, unless of course you’re married to one.
We would all agree that seeking medical advice sets the wheels of change in motion. Responding to doctor’s orders – blood work, surgery, drugs, more blood work, CAT scans, PET scans, still more blood work, radiation, etc. quickly disrupts daily routines.
We respect the doctor’s orders don’t we? Not complying with doctor’s orders is rare, especially when someone has a cancer diagnosis.
Did your doctor or a member of his/her staff include an order (recommendation) to meet with one of their success stories – someone who is outliving cancer?
I would venture to guess … a big fat NO. The doctor’s mission is not to address your emotional or spiritual being. After all you hired this doctor to address the disease, the injury … the ailment.
Let’s connect how this relates to behavior changes that really matter.
After the negative experience – the reason for seeking medical advice – following doctor’s orders created adjustments in your daily routine … right?
Oh! There’s more …
Find someone who IS outliving cancer. Learn from me, after all “I am alive … period.”
I’m going to give you one tip to empower your health and wellbeing. Are you ready?
This tip is easy to learn and understand. This is a strategy used in any form of survival. The term for this simple strategy is “OODA loop.” This term is widely recognized with our military and law enforcement. These men and women are able to come home to their loved ones because they understand and practice the “OODA loop” everyday – and not just while they are at work. They practice the “OODA loop” as part of their personal survival too.
What the heck is “OODA loop?”
OODA loop is an acronym for a decision cycle of: observe, orient, decide, and act. The strategy was developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. The OODA loop is a descriptive way of how we adapt to negative experiences or potential threats.
Here’s the interesting part …
The fact is, you practice the “OODA loop” often without knowing. You practiced the “OODA loop” when you got sick from eating out at that restaurant and when you had the flat tire.
Got sick? You changed your behavior. You stopped going to the restaurant where you ate something that made you sick.
Flat tire? You changed your behavior. You now know where your car jack and lug wrench are and you have your spare tire filled with air.
After each negative experience, you made adjustments in your behavior.
Do you know you are constantly OODA-ling?
OODA-ling is actually a natural form of survival. When we are good at OODA-ling, and I mean really good, we can overcome just about any challenge that gets thrown our way.
Let me explain …
For example, let’s say you catch a cold. You know you have one when you have symptoms – you feel lousy, your body temperature climbs, your nose drips like a faucet, your eyes become glassy and teary, your throat is raw and sore, and then you hack a cough that would make patrons at the grocery store clear the aisle instantly.
So what do you do when you have a cold? You get prepared by arming yourself with a grocery cart full of tissue, you purchase throat lozenges, cough drops, tea, chicken noodle soup, and whatever else you feel will comfort you through the duration of the cold.
If you are smart, you call in sick from work. Why would you want to inflict others with your contagious cold?
At this point, you stay home, keep warm, drink your tea, eat your chicken noodle soup, and get plenty of bed rest (restorative sleep).
How did you know what to do when you caught a cold?
I’ll bet your mother taught you all the tricks to make your recovery quick and easy. Once you have experienced a bad cold, you may be prepared for future bouts with a cold by having many of the items already on hand in your home.
This is basic OODA-ling.
You observed you had a cold by noticing the symptoms – feeling lousy, fever, drippy nose, sore throat, cough, etc.
You oriented yourself with what you have on hand at home to get you through the duration of the cold. If items are missing that you feel will help you recover, you make a trip to the store to purchase them (risking public awareness that you have a cold if you dare hack that awful cough).
You made a decision to call in sick from work.
You acted on taking care of yourself with bed rest because you know this will be the quickest way to recover from the cold.
But wait! Do you wanna know how a really good OODA-ler OODA’s?
Before a good OODA-ler even catches a cold, they pay attention to their surroundings and their actions.
How do they do that?
They develop an awareness of their surroundings so that when they hear someone hacking a cough, they avoid the area of the hacking cough. (Same thing with a sneeze)
Good OODA-lers will also take additional steps to keep their immune system strong. They will ensure they get plenty of restorative sleep every day, eat well-balanced meals every day, stay physically active with a moderate exercise routine – again, every day.
Stay with me … I’m about to tell you how OODA-ling can help a cancer patient.
Let’s begin by practicing one simple OODA loop …
Observe – observe me. I have outlived my cancer for more than 15 years. I am not giving you a line of bull. I am alive … period!
Orient – orient yourself to the idea that medicine can help, but at this time, medicine cannot cure. Orient yourself to the idea of assisting your medical treatment with as much effort as you are willing to make to ensure the medical treatment is effective. Orient yourself to the concept that you CAN do this. You can outlive cancer.
Decide – make a decision to improve your health and wellbeing. Change just one simple thing for starters. Pick something simple, something easy – like sleeping an extra 15 minutes each night. Decide to do this for a week. Make a decision to either go to bed 15 minutes earlier or sleep in an extra 15 minutes. Either way, going to bed earlier or sleeping in a bit later, you are enabling your body to boost the immune system.
Act – this is the most important part of OODA-ling – take action by truly changing your behavior. The OODA loop will not work if you don’t act on your decision. Act on your decision for at least one week. Then tell me how you feel about change. I expect you will feel good and will feel better about introducing more change (and more often) into your life. Start small, go little-by-little … step-by-step.
My awareness of OODA-ling came while I was having chemotherapy. I created a chart that helped me identify when I felt awful and deduce what was the cause which led me to take action and change my behavior.
During and after seeking medical advice engage in using the OODA loop process. Observe, orient, decide, and act on any negative experience as quickly as possible.
During and after medical treatment engage in using the OODA loop process. Observe, orient, decide, and act on any negative experience as quickly as possible.
And remember … Do not return to live the life as previously known before the diagnosis. That life, those behaviors were the behaviors that weakened the body and led to cancer.
Many of you may be screaming at me right now. You can’t believe that I’m asking you to change your life – that much change is absurd.
All I’m suggesting is that you consider adjusting your behavior little-by-little, step-by-step.
The decision is your decision. You always, and I do mean ALWAYS, have a choice. Change or don’t change.
If you’re on the fence about this change idea, let me help you climb to my side of the fence. Let me help you learn how to outlive cancer.
This strategy of OODA-ling has been provided to you totally free, partially because I believe OODA-ling will help you, but also because I want the strategy to spread and help as many people as possible. To do that though, I need good people like you to spread the word and tell your family and friends.
Have you figured out my purpose of sharing this strategy yet?
This strategy isn’t just for cancer patients. The effort made to learn and use the OODA loop can help family and friends too.
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I sincerely hope becoming aware of the OODA loop process helps you as much as OODA-ling continues to help me.
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