There is No Magic Pill

New Years Resolutions are a curious thing.

 Did you make one for yourself?  Did you stop and calculate the cost required to make that change?  

I've been in the health, fitness and wellness business for 25 years.  I've seen thousands of New Years resolutions come into the studio or gym January 1st, only to see a very small fraction stick it out by the end of the month.

If you're like me, the New Year is an opportunity to re-evaluate and set goals.  It is a privilege to be your coach, trainer and mentor in your process of accomplishing your health and wellness goals.

It is well documented the majority of people who make New Year's resolutions give up their resolutions within 10 days of starting.  And most quit by 6 weeks.  Why is is that?

I believe it takes more than simply desire or motivation.  It's tenacity.  Simply choosing to getting your goal done until it becomes a habit.  And I personally believe that it takes more than 30 days to make one.

Another point to consider is that is is WORK.  Hard work.  Change requires work not just in the physical aspect (if it's a weight loss or personal training goal),  it costs you emotionally, spiritually, financially, and in your relationships.  

Here at Pain Free Posture, we believe that Change requires addressing your Thoughts, Actions and Habits.  So it's a WHOLE body, WHOLE person commitment to bring forth the desired results.

And finally, we have to be honest.  There is NO MAGIC PILL.  I've written about that concept multiple times, but I absolutely have to share Australian motivational speaker, Craig Harper's words on the subject.

The Magic Pill

Changing our life, or part thereof, is rarely a quick, easy, painless or comfortable process but that’s exactly what most people want: great results, minimal time, no effort.

And therein lies the problem.

Over the years, many people have come to me wanting exceptional results without being prepared to put in an exceptional effort or make an exceptional sacrifice. Or any sacrifice, for that matter. Some people get disappointed when they realise that I offer no magic pill. No silver bullet. No quick fix. No miracle solution. And some of those people leave in search of another coach, mentor or teacher. One who will tell them what they want to hear.

What they’re comfortable with.

How dare I tell people to do it themselves. To fix their own lives. To do the work. How dare I tell them to look in the mirror. To suck it up and do what success demands. How dare I be blunt. Practical. Honest. Realistic.

There is no magic pill.

There’s you.


Boy oh boy, Craig sure sounds like me!  I absolutely loved that post!  How about you?  What do you think about it?  


For the most part, I agree with Harper 100%.  However, let me say that when it comes to alleviating chronic muscle and joint pain, you will need a coach.  Someone you can partner with to navigate the healing path and is an expert in biomechanics, kinesiology and human motor patterns.  Someone you can trust to walk with you through the ups and downs of healing and can put together a program that can progressively help you correct the damage.  


That said, at the end of the day, YOU still need to do the work.  You're responsible for your change and healing.  And so, we're back at the beginning.

There is NO MAGIC PILL.  There's simply you.


Have questions?  Please reach out.  Remember, we're in this together, and I am here to help!


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Deb Preachuk is a Chronic Pain Pain Relief, Posture Restoration and Athletic Performance Enhancement pro specializing in corrective exercise, applied biomechanics, STOTT Pilates and functional movement patterns. 

Founder of Pain Free Posture MN,  Deb helps real people transform real-world chronic pain challenges into achievable results. Deb infuses her teaching with an honest, open and down-to-earth mix of chronic pain relief therapeutic modalities training techniques to make the concepts of pain relief and body/mind transformation accessible and achievable!