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Can you Achieve “Amazing Results in Just Days!”

This is a title of an article I recently came across in a health related magazine.  Amazing results in just days! The attraction of the quick fix is strong, especially when you’re feeling emotional distress.  If you feel worthless, have no appetite, want to stay in bed all day, are extremely emotional or feel tension, anxiety and discomfort wouldn’t it be wonderful to have “amazing results in just days?”

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Can you Achieve “Amazing Results in Just Days!”

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  1. Wouldn’t it be great if you actually spent time checking out these claims instead of just dismissing them? And to suggest that these claims of instant amazing improvement involved alcohol, drugs, sex or gambling is ridiculous.

    I’ve personally had good success just changing the radio station to some positive sounding tunes in the last few months. Previously I had ignorantly consumed the media I thought I liked. But when I really listened to the lyrics, it was a big downer. So I changed stations to a Christian rock station. And while I do not like all the messages I get from there, by and large they are so much easier to stomach than the depressing lyrics I was used to. I find going to work now is a more uplifting experience, and I am in a good mood for the day.

    Food for thought.

    • You make a good point. There are many simple, immediate, healthy and effective strategies for improving how you feel. I think your description of turning the radio station is a great example of doing that. What I may not have effectively articulated was my concern about the frequent claims I see that there are fast and easy solutions to all of our problems. For someone struggling with depression, for example, expecting immediate “amazing” change might lead to discouragement when it doesn’t happen.

      Thank you for pointing out that we can improve how we feel, quickly and effectively without resorting to problem behaviors.

  2. There are little things that make a big immediate difference and some of them, as M points out, can be a good start towards lasting change. The thing is that changing the radio station just one time isn’t going to fix anything permanently – it takes persistence and sticking with it to make changes that last.

    Is there a such thing as just plain being too slow and difficult? What if after six years of therapy (granted there were only 11 sessions in the first 2 1/2 years of that, and something went wrong such that the 104 sessions in the remaining 3 1/2 years have been not much more than hoping to find some trust and acceptance that is never there) don’t bring any significant change? I even earned a master’s degree and became a therapist and now I am supposed to have all the answers, but I never get better and people are telling me that I am just choosing to be unhappy and I should know this by now.

    What if you can’t achieve amazing results in a lifetime?


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