(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


A man was recently diagnosed as having adult-onset diabetes. The recommendations from his doctor included changing his diet and starting an exercise program, both of which would also reduce his weight. By following this program the doctor told him he could probably control his risk factors and avoid medication.

The man has two options. He can be diligent in implementing the recommended changes. By doing so he can alter his diet easily, finding new things to eat which support him and are enjoyable. He can look forward each day to an exercise program where he can see pleasing progress. And he can experience a long-missing vitality and energy.


He can become obsessive in his response to his condition. He can worry over every bite he takes, panic if the scales don t show a daily weight reduction, and interrupt healthy interactions with friends and family because he “has to go work out now” on a rigid schedule.

For any change you want to make — life-threatening or not — you have a choice. You can be diligent in implementing your new standards or you can be obsessive.


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