After the decision was made that our goal was to improve our health, (however you define it), we started building the framework, (skeleton), for how we were going to make this change in our “fictional life”. The framework included the structure points of changing what we are going to eat, what we are going to NOT eat, what our fluid intake will be, what our supplements will be, our sleep cycle, our exercise, our lifestyle, thoughts and habits.
The question is… How are we going to get the information to make these decisions?
How are we going to begin to decide what to and what not to consume? How are we going to begin to decide what our activity level should be? What lifestyle, thought and habit changes are necessary?
Very good questions. The answer lies in outside information. After all, we don’t know what we don’t know.
In the world we live in today, there is a limitless amount of information on just about every subject. The internet is chock-full of information. Some is bad information. Some is good information. Some is great information. As a matter of evidence for this… you are, right now, reading some of this information. Your are accessing information to make decisions for your life.
Additionally, libraries and book stores have tons of information. If you can’t find information, it’s because you are not looking for it! It could be said that there is information overload!
To help qualify the information you are looking at, seek out information from people who have gone through what you are going through. Has the information you are studying come from someone who was in circumstances similar to yours and they did something about their situation? Did they make the changes you are wanting to make? This may be someone to learn from. They have successful experience.
Also, seek out information from experts in the field you are looking into. What training does the person you are studying have? How did they get their training? What evidence can they provide to substantiate what they are presenting?
Both of these types are resources are valuable. However, discernment is necessary. Don’t go blindly into accepting any person’s or organization’s opinions and teaching without critically thinking about what they are saying, without checking their resources, without validating the information by finding others who are saying similar things.
Even someone preaching the Word of God has to be checked up on. Never take a pastor’s sermon or teaching at face value. Check it out against the Bible. Is the pastor teaching correctly from God’s Word? Compare what the pastor says to Scripture to validate the lesson.
This is good practice in every area. Many give out false information in the hope of fame or fortune. Perform your due diligence to check the person and organization’s reputation – what are others saying about what they do and what they teach? Compare the teaching from several sources and find the common denominators. These areas of common ground are more likely to be true.
So, with our example of health change, we want to investigate several plans for better health. Maybe not the “big, well known ones” either. Sometimes big is because they are good. Sometimes big is just because of an adjenda and great marketing. We will want to find the areas where plans are similar. We will want to check out the validity of the common agreement areas with other experts to validate them.
It is well worth the diligent effort to research and think critically.
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