The few times I've had to call Triple-A for car trouble, the first thing they always ask is do I have gas in the car.

Or when I've had to call the cable company for problems with my internet connection, they usually start the conversation by asking whether my router was plugged in.

My trainer friend asks people what they ate in the last 24 hours.

The first thing the chiropractor wants to know is how you sit in chairs.

I ask people at the beginning of my meditation trainings how well they sleep at night.

In other words, before we get into complex problem-solving mode, it's always good to review the fundamentals: you can't fix a router that's not plugged in, and you can't repair a car with no gas. Likewise, the body won't repair itself without quality rest, and you can't out-train a bad diet.

There are a lot of people who are happy to take our money to treat the symptoms, and promise us overnight results. But the people who understand the deeper issues, and the time it takes to address them, usually aren't as popular because they require us to re-prioritize, and change fundamental habits.

This takes more time, it usually costs more, and it requires some degree of accountability. But the rewards are greater too, and more sustainable.

While it's the little things that make the biggest difference in the long run, someone has to be bold enough, honest enough, and experienced enough to tell us the truth in the first place.

Only then will we get the true and lasting change we seek.

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