1. Where are you on this continuum?
Most people are content to stay right smack in the middle: not sick, but not well either. They go about their daily routine without much thought for their health. They only start paying attention once they feel some sort of discomfort or pain in their body, or notice a decrease in their functioning. (Sound familiar?)
2. Which direction are you headed?
You might be enjoying good health now but are actually headed in the direction towards disability and premature death. On the other hand, you can be sick but taking steps towards wellness. Although it’s good to know where you are, it’s even better to find out where you’re headed (and how fast you’re going there)!
3. Where do you want to be?
Do you like where you are now or do you want to be somewhere else? If you want to be somewhere else, how near (or far) do you have to go to reach that point?
4. What are you willing to do to get there?
Do you need to just start moving from the neutral point or do you need to make a drastic U-turn? Do you have to make a few tweaks in your routine or do you need a habit overhaul?
5. When do you want to start?
(Illness-Wellness Continuum by John W. Travis, MD)