The first thing to notice about self-direction is that you’re already doing it. You already make choices and decisions about your own health and health care, whether in a completely independent way, or by way of choosing your doctor and following her advice. You’re already responsible for your health choices.
The question to ask yourself is: How conscious are you of that responsibility?
Do you embrace the responsibility of your health choices, or do you try not to think about it? Wherever you are along the spectrum between the two poles of embracing versus avoiding, my book (Redesigning Your Health) is intended to help you move toward the embracing side of the equation.
So the way to become more self-directed in your health is to recognize that it’s your responsibility to make conscious choices about your health.