Written by R.S Jacobs
I was chatting with a friend recently and he said something so simple, yet profound! – He stated that “Sometimes, the simplest things are the most difficult”. Although it was said in jest at the time, when you really think about it for a minute, you would realise that this statement is completely accurate. The simple things are obvious, clear, glaring, lucid, safer and straightforward but for whatever reason, we tend to go the other way. Almost as if our decision-making system is flawed or has been corrupted by years of following misguided advice. This intelligent one liner basically sums up how we see things, but sadly oblivious to how detrimental this mindset affects our daily lives.
Evidently, we are very good at shoving ourselves into precarious situations. An excellent example that everyone can relate to is the fact that we all know drinking water is good for optimal health, yet most people would rather pick up a fizzy drink, or the case where many people don’t even drink their minimal daily requirement. Another classic example is smoking, we all know how bad it is and that it’s one of the leading causes of cancer, however, there is an estimate of one billion smokers across the world (to put it in perspective, that is one-seventh of the entire world!). What about the fact that there is an insurmountable amount of information out there to help people kick their junk food habit, but millions of people still visit fast food restaurants daily and the industry is at an all-time high.
We seem to be stuck in a cycle of negativity that’s constantly hanging over our heads, and we are failing to see that it is subconsciously affecting our entire decision-making process. It is called a cycle because one bad decision usually triggers another bad one and this continues on a downward spiral. Let’s say you wanted to get in shape and set yourself a goal to lose 20kg. You start strong, following a strict fitness and diet regime but you are just not seeing the results fast enough. Before long your patience starts running out, the negativity creeps in until slowly but surely your entire diet and fitness regime is a distant memory. Your healthy meals are replaced with takeaways and convenience meals, and you no longer have time for exercise as you are too busy with the latest TV series.
You console yourself with binge eating sessions and justify overindulging on snack food by telling yourself you will get back on track on Monday, forgetting this was the very thing that got you there in the first place. Before you know it, you’ve gained another 10Kg as a result of your cycle of negative decisions and now you have to lose 30Kg instead of the initial 20kg. This is why it is so important to have a positive outlook when it comes to making decisions in your day-to-day life. Making positivity a habit can help you achieve your goals even in the midst of uncertainty, giving you the inner strength to make sound decisions.
I know it is easier said than done but there is no doubt that positive thoughts are empowering. Everyone can attest to the sense of encouragement you feel just by saying “ I CAN DO IT”. We also know how saying “I CAN’T” can leave you feeling defeated before you have even started. Your mind is such a powerful tool and controls much more than you can ever imagine. Negativity is a virus that eats away at your mind, and once it gets in, it can spread like a wildfire. When you are unhappy with your health and fitness, this quickly affects your mental state, which can be seen in your professional, business, social and financial life. The spirit of “I CAN’T” can start to create an air of doubt and self-persecution.
On the other hand, leading a life of positivity makes you focus your energy on achieving positive results. Rather than seeing problems, you will start to see solutions. Your mind ignores negative thoughts, in favour of more uplifting, encouraging ones. This positive mental attitude will reflect on how you tackle your workouts, the food you eat, the company you keep, your job, improve your confidence, self-esteem and overall mental health. You will have the inner strength to keep smiling, even in the face of adversity when things are literally falling apart. All you need to do is believe it and you will achieve it, tell yourself “I CAN DO IT”!
“Positivity triggers good decisions” – Leanwaistwarrior
Stay strong, Warriors.
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