If we all have this "capacity" to change, why can't we get people to change their health-related bad behaviors so we don't end up with 42% of all Americans becoming OBESE by 2030 like a recent research study predicts?
Suneel Kamath, the author of the article, talks about the three main factors when it comes to decision making:
1) Amount of benefit of that choice
2) When the benefit will occur
3) Probability of that benefit occuring
Not surprisingly, we place the highest value on present rewards, and "discount the value of any reward that is delayed or is not 100% likely to occur." This is why it is easy to grab a bag of chips and soda for lunch; the benefit in the short term is real (tastes good!) and the risk of developing heart disease is unknown (how can one bag of chips and soda cause me to have a heart attack?).
The author recommends focusing on present positives and negatives as a more effective strategy to make better decisions, as well as getting into the "mental state of change." In this mental state of change, we tend to make decisions to change much easier. This might not make sense, but give it a shot sometime.
The best doctor, physical therapist, personal trainer, etc. cannot rectify individuals making poor choices 23 out of the 24 hours in a day. I tell every one of my clients that I can promise you one hour of hard work and good choices, but I cannot gaurentee your success unless you commit to making a good choices the other 23 hours of the day.
I call this the 23:1 rule:
"working out one hour a day is great, but it's the other 23 hours of the day that will determine whether you achieve your goals."
Figure out what motivates you to change. And please, start helping America turn this obesity epidemic around so these research studies predicting 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030 are wrong.
Make it happen.