Curiosity makes improving your health easier. It’s a state of mind, a way of being, and an indispensable health improvement tool.
Being curious about any subject, including your health, implies there’s something about it you don’t know yet. The operative term is “yet.” Curiosity is a willingness to learn and be open to information that is new to you. When you’re open to new information, you’re more likely to make changes that last.
And curiosity embodies so much more than a willingness to learn new things. Curiosity also implies a sense of positive anticipation, an element of looking forward.
When you’re curious, a process of exploration and discovery is taking place. Your mind is active, rather than passive. That’s important, because when your mind is active, you can observe details more clearly, shift perspectives more easily, and ask more meaningful questions. And when you’ve got all that going on, you’re unstoppable.
Beyond Genuine Interest
Curiosity begins with a genuine interest in the topic at hand. If you’re not interested in improving your health, then you’re not interested in reading this article. Whew! Now that we got that out of the way, please read on.
Curiosity helps you make health changes by initiating and supporting five key action-oriented processes that are central to making health changes. These are: A process for gathering information by observing details clearly; a mechanism for reframing perspectives; a way to generate choices and develop plans; a process for getting un-stuck; and a way to foster resilience.
It may be helpful to think of these five processes as the benefits of curiosity.
- …sets the stage for observing details more clearly. No doubt you’ve heard it said that “God is in the details.” This is especially true in health because health is a topic built on details. And… not all of them will apply to your individual circumstances. Clear observation of details helps you gather the most significant information, sift through it, and assemble what’s most relevant in your individual situation.
- …provides a mechanism for shifting, or reframing, your perspectives. Reframing your perspective allows you to examine a situation from different angles. This allows new thoughts and ideas to arise. It can also help you think and speak about your situation with more positive language.
- …helps you generate choices and develop plans. Clear details and new perspectives (see items #1 &2 above) can help you can generate many more choices and options than may be obvious at first. That’s because curiosity reveals relationships between ideas and concepts that you may not have been aware of previously. More choices allow for more options and multiple solutions. This makes developing your initial action plan, and your backup plans, easier.
- …keeps you from getting stuck in old patterns. If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you won’t get different results. Same behaviors and same results mean you’re stuck. Identifying stuckness is the first step toward busting through it, and curiosity can be a motivating force that drives your will to keep moving forward and continue the exploration.
- …supports your native resilience. When you explore the physical, mental, emotional, and psychological dimensions of your health, you’ll need to make changes. Changes require adjustments, and resilience is the art of adjusting gracefully. Curiosity bolsters resilience in such a way that whatever you are facing can be dealt with.
Curiosity is a state of mind that makes improving your health easier.
I’ll talk about some of the key questions you can ask to cultivate curiosity in another article. Meanwhile, feel free to leave a comment with your answer to the question:
What are you looking forward to discovering about your health?
Last updated: 5-3-2019