In my role I get to talk to many different people who touch on diabetes (and if you are wondering what that is, its a secret so don’t even bother asking).
One thing strikes me. There are two types of diabetics.
Those that are doing great and those that are miserable. So what can you do right now to ensure you are on the path to success and more importantly, leading a happy life.
Well sound the 220 beats per minute music as I try to dissect
Diabetes, Success and How to Stay Happy
We have all attended a success seminar, or how to make your life better with 3 easy steps. Usually the end result is the same. We read it, listen to it, try it, nothing changes, then give up. However, aside from those who make their living selling this stuff, others who don’t also seem to live by the same value set.
So what are these values and how do they apply to diabetes and more importantly life (and no I don’t make my living doing success talking tours)
1. Successful Happy Diabetics Never Give Up.
We have all heard the rags to riches stories, but even those that were not in rags, and made it big, never gave up. The truth is, anything worth doing is going to have its challenges, if it didn’t, then everyone would do it. Therefore, when approaching diabetes, one has to go in with the same attitude. There are going to be times when you are not doing so well, the trick is, how will you respond? Are you simply going to give up, or are you going to find another way, technique, or device that will help you? If you are interested in learning about some of the newer devices I did an overview.
2. Successful Happy Diabetics Set Goals.
They don’t just set them, they also don’t beat themselves up if they don’t hit them. You have to remember,that by the mere fact you try to better yourself, whether you hit the goal or not, you will be better off than if you had set no goal at all.
Taking it a step further, the one thing that people who are the most successful in the world do is WRITE DOWN their goals. What is your goal with your diabetes? What ever it is, write it down somewhere, I bet it will result in a better outcome for you.
3. Successful Happy Diabetics Are Continually Learning.
Another trait of those who are at the top of their game, is their thirst for constant knowledge. If you are going to live the rest of your life with diabetes, you might as well become an expert right? Now I don’t mean you need to become an endocrinologist, or that you should open the zen school of diabetes control. What I do suggest however, is find out your options. Read about what has improved with diabetes, and what you need to aim for, for best results. That way you are in control and not your care provider. If you want a good starting point, why not try my home page?
4. Successful Happy Diabetics Surround Themselves With Winners.
If you find yourself online caught in a group of negative people, run for the hills. We are a direct result of our friends and peer group. If you want to be successful in life, then you really have to start associating with those you want to emulate. The whirlpool of self pity and helplessness is deep. If you want to avoid getting sucked down, then look to where people are succeeding. If you need a group to start with, why not try my facebook page (yes I know, shameless self promotion).
5. Successful Diabetics Remind Themselves Of What They Are Doing Right.
With all the challenges we face, we often get caught in what is going wrong. “I didn’t test enough”, “I am a bad diabetic because my A1c is no good”, “I am never going to be the world champ as diabetes is in the way” (in my case it has more to do with skill level thats for sure). You get the picture. Focus on what you are doing right every day and build on that. Building confidence in your abilities is key to great outcomes. Focus on the small things you are doing right, and the rest will follow. Ultimately, everyone is doing one thing that is positive for their diabetes every day no matter how poor your control is.
So there you have it. My top 5 suggestions. If you have any more to add, feel free. If you take the word “diabetes” out of my discussion, this is also a recipe for better outcomes in life. Now isn’t that great. You not only got some tools for better control but also to be successful. Just remember me when you give your acceptance speech!