A few years ago I received a panicked phone call from a friend of mine. I had just sat down to lunch but she was so distraught that I left my plate on the table and went to her house. Without divulging her personal details, I’ll just say that she had uncovered some information that had rocked her world in an unpleasant manner.
A lot of things went down that day but there is one thing that sticks in my head. She asked me “how could I have been so stupid?” I said to her “You weren’t stupid. You made the best decision you could based on the information you had. None of this is your fault but, now that you have different information, what happens next is on you.”
Over the next 6 months she completely transformed her life which, unfortunately for me, meant that she moved all the way across the country but the important thing is that she is living her vision. I would like to take credit for her success but I say things like that to people all the time and most of them tell me that I’m full of shit or that I don’t understand, and some even go so far as to accuse me of being un-empathetic.
All I did was point something out, but she did all the work, despite having numerous good excuses to sit around and feel sorry for herself. She took her new information and ran with it.
And now we get to the point.
There’s a funny thing about the human subconscious, it does whatever it’s told.
Your belief system determines your reality.
With regard to fitness, I can preach diet and exercise all day long but it doesn’t necessarily change anything because people hear the message and say “yeah, but I can’t do that”. Fast food and lethargy are not nearly as dangerous as “I can’t”.
On this day of new beginnings, if you find yourself thinking “I can’t”, don’t let it go unchallenged. Ask yourself “Really? Why not?”, and I bet you’ll find that actually you can. You can eat better, you can find time to exercise, you can step up and make a difference by starting with yourself. Ideas are contagious and when you adopt the idea that you can, other people will see that they can too. Be the change you want to see.