The experts disagree. Overwhelmingly.
In November of 2004, IBM hosted their annual Global Innovation Outlook conference in New York. The company’s executives invited leaders from around the world to discuss ballooning health care costs, an industry that consumes several trillion dollars in America each year. The solutions were simple declared the medical experts, but they also warned that implementing them would be next-to-impossible.
That’s because the answers involved change.
One of the healthcare specialists, Dr. Edward Miller, CEO and Dean of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, used a jaw-dropping example of humans’ unwillingness to change. He claimed that roughly 600,000 Americans had heart bypasses done each year, with another 1.3 million people undergoing angioplasties. The traumatic and expensive surgeries temporarily relieved chest pains in the patients, but “rarely” prolonged lives. Half the time, the bypasses clogged up again, often within a few years, and the angioplasties did the same…usually within a few months!
Because the patients refused to make changes to their lifestyles.
“If you look at people after coronary-artery bypass grafting two years later, 90% of them have not changed their lifestyle,” explained Miller. “And that’s been studied over and over and over again. And so we’re missing some link in there. Even though they know they have a very bad disease and they know they should change their lifestyle, for whatever reason, they can’t.”
Hmm…90% of us would rather die than change.
What about you? What if you had to…
stop looking at porn?
put down the (sixth) slice of pizza?
forgive a past hurt?
Could you do it? Would you do it?
Would you change?
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