Your Challenge Today:

Desire, emotion and knowledge …

By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC


Human behavior flows

from three main sources:

desire, emotion, and knowledge.

~ Plato




  • a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen
  • conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment



  • a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others
  • instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge



  • facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education
  • awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a circumstance or situation




If our behavior flows from our desire, emotion, and knowledge ~ why is it so difficult to change sometimes? Do all these factors work together to motivate our behavior? Or, are we sometimes driven by a single influencer? Do we need to align all of these factors together at the same time to honestly be able to make a sustainable change in our behavior?


I believe that our behavior concerning our lifestyle choices is closely tied to our emotions. And, our desires are also directly linked to our feelings, childhood memories, comforts, and familiarity. Then knowledge enters the picture ~ we hear it, we read about the information that others have gathered in their research, we may have even studied subjects like exercise, nutrition, and wellness only to fall short of genuinely changing our out-dated behaviors, why?


It is the coming together of all these components that will produce the lasting and sustainable changes that we seek to improve our health. When we align our desires with our emotions and the knowledge that we have into our goals, we then have the strength to fulfill our dream of improved wellness.


When we align our desire, emotion, and knowledge – and we sustain the commitment to:




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