You’re sick of the inflammation, the nausea, the pain, the excessive bathroom breaks…
“I want to heal my gut.” I hear it all the time. But most often, very little – if any – thought is given to what these words mean, other than simply getting rid of the awful gut symptoms you’ve been experiencing.
Before you begin to heal your gut, you need to decide what that even means for you, as well as what you want to accomplish or have whenever you’ve achieved that goal. You see, if you don’t consciously decide where your destination even is, your subconscious mind will continue on auto-pilot like it’s done leading up to this point. (Ahem – same actions = same results).
In fact, it’s estimated that we make approximately 35,000 decisions each and every day – and most of them are made unconsciously, guided by our subconscious mind.
Let’s compare healing your gut symptoms to something a little more understandable.
Our subconscious is like a subcontractor building a track home. It takes the floor plan and repeats it as efficiently as possible. It gets the job done, but if there’s a mistake in the plan, that mistake gets repeated throughout all the houses. And what if you don’t even want the track home the plan is for? What if you want a beautiful custom made mansion? Think of the beautiful palaces in Europe. These are made with great effort, time, and energy. If you want to make changes, you have to stop the subcontractor from continuing to build, and with great intention, replace the plans.
Can you imagine if you went and told the subcontractor to stop building or to build you something that’s “not that”, but not giving any further direction or plan? Do you think that the end result would be what you were hoping for? Probably not.
This example is just like wanting to get rid of your bloating, constipation, or other gut symptoms. You decide you want “not that” for your gut health… But stop there with your dream. If you don’t give any additional thought to what it is you DO want, how will you ever be able to take intentional action to get there? How will you know what you are willing to do and not willing to do in order to resolve your symptoms?
It’s simple. You won’t.
Here’s what happens when you don’t set goals for your gut health:
What I see happening when people are in this situation is one of two things:
- No improvements are made and your gut symptoms stay the same or get worse.
- You end up on a really restrictive nutrition plan or supplement protocol that manages your symptoms, but costs you in other areas of your life such as financially or socially.
Spending time dreaming about your life and what you want to do, who you want to be, and the impact you want to have is imperative to do in order to accomplish your gut health goal. You HAVE to know what your goal is! Spend 5-10 minutes a few times this week thinking about what you want your life to look like, get EXCITED about the possibility, and then spend some time thinking of ways you can start making your life look a little more like your vision today.