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Coaching Corner: Interdependence

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One of the most empowering feelings in life is the feeling of being independent; the feeling of having control of your life, the feeling of being able to take care of yourself, the feeling of not having to report to anybody when making a decision for yourself. I know this feeling very well as it is so fresh in my system. As of last week, I am no longer under the financial umbrella of my parents. I am paying for my own car insurance, rent, utilities, phone bill, etc.. you name it. Even though I am not as financially stable as my parents, it has been such a freeing feeling to be on my own. It is nice to know that everything I do from here on out is because I chose to. Not only that, it just feels good knowing that I have the ability to take care of myself financially. That being said, I obviously did not become financially independent over-night. It’s not like two weeks ago I was paying for nothing and the next week I was all of a sudden paying for everything. There was a period of time where I had to be very interdependent with my parents.

What do I mean when I say interdependent? Interdependence is a relationship in which each member is mutually dependent on the other. After I graduated college, I was dependent on my parents to continue financially supporting me as I began to get on my feet. On the flip side, my parents were dependent on me to use their support as effectively as possible so that I could continue to move up at work, save up money, and take on more responsibilities when it made sense to. This continued all the way until I no longer needed their financial support. Had my parents not supported me in this way, it would have taken much longer and much more effort on my end to get to where I am today. Had I not been as driven as I was, it would have cost my parents a lot more money and inner turmoil to continue supporting me (assuming they did not cut me off before that happened).

I think this same “interdependent” strategy could be used when trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle. When it comes to weight loss or living a healthy lifestyle, obviously there is no one person who can make that happen besides YOU. But at the same time, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of the resources around you and what others are willing to offer you. In my case, I wanted to be financially independent, but when help was offered to me, I utilized it. When you chose to come to Hilton Head Health, it was because (for whatever reason) you were ready to take control of your health. You were ready for a change. In order for you to see the best results you could, you were dependent on us to offer you the best program we possibly could and we were dependent on you to embrace that program. You attended the lectures, participated in the fitness classes, followed the meal plan, and then you took those concepts home with you and applied them. Now, you are a successful independently healthy individual who is enjoying those new healthy habits back home. Without Hilton Head Health you would perhaps not have been as successful as quickly as you were with your weight loss endeavors. Also, Hilton Head Health would not be the successful company that we are without you embracing the program to its fullest potential. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed. Keep up the great work everyone! =D

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