Kicking off 2018, we already swept up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. What has already happened to getting healthier, being fit or losing those extra kilograms. We remain in a habit of doing life to achieve the successes we strive towards. Now that is great, but at what price. Usually it’s our future self that will pay the price.

One would think that professionals, business owners, doctors and the like are armed with information that would make them immune to developing very serious non-communicable diseases (NCD). The WHO records that NCD’s take the lives, yes kills prematurely, 40 million people each year, equivalent to 70% of all deaths globally. What we learn from the statistics provided by life assurance companies is that medical professionals are no different to the general professional population when it comes to claiming for NCD’s, disabilities or dying prematurely.

The deadly NCD’s we referring too is cardiovascular diseases accounting for the most NCD deaths, or 17.7 million people annually, followed by cancers (8.8 million), respiratory diseases (3.9million), and diabetes (1.6 million). These 4 groups of diseases account for over 80% of all premature NCD deaths.

Startling observation, and try it yourself, even when the brain reads these statistics, only a small percentage will do anything about protecting themselves from falling victim to a preventable NCD.

Researches have shown how we discount our future state of wealth and well-being to our current state, believing that the state of our health today will be the same in 10, 20 or 30 years. The work of Goldstein and Hersfield show how the human mind is prone to this discounting effect. In a brief Ted Talk, see  Daniel Goldstein TED Talk – The battle between your present and future self – part 1 .

If you wish to reference their research, read The Illusion of Wealth and Its Reversal . 

Or you can watch the Ted Talk of Dan Gilbert who refers to the psychology of your future self and why we make decisions that do not serve us.  Psychology of your future self

The work focuses on the importance in the quality of sleep (Fatigue & Sleep) and risks that possibly impact on one’s future self. We learn now that there are a few critical aspects and pieces of gold that are not made available in the general marketplace for everyone to be truly well. To learn of these nuggets you would need to spend time researching and going deep down the rabbit hole. This could save you and provide the quality of health you deserve, that is if you feel your life is worth saving.

If you have not had the opportunity to find these nuggets, we invite you to contact our office (Mail) to arrange a meet up online or in person. If the time does not serve you or your future self, then nothing has been lost. If you catch your mind showing no interest, we encourage you to challenge the thought and go for it anyway. Why would the mind not want what would be good for you?

Peter Šmanjak

Owner and Founder at Infinite Risk

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