It’s incredible how something so small can lead to massive, lasting changes.
Things as simple as drinking more water each day, or only buying food that will wilt and go bad in a few days are just two examples of how to eat healthier.
Adding a day or two of sprints or even taking a day or two each week to NOT workout are some examples of simple concepts that will make you’re training better.
What about your mindset though?
You’re mindset is the often overlooked aspect of living a healthier and livelier life. It’s not as sexy as saying “do crossfit 12 times per week!” or as controversial as “eating whole eggs will cause your unborn babies to develop AIDs!”. But your mindset, the way you perceive things, is the leader or your actions. Wherever your mind goes, your body will follow.
So how do we fix this? Where do we focus our attention to quickly and efficiently change our mindset for the better?
Just like a toddler who is learning about the world, you should be questioning damn near everything you hear. At the very least you need to be asking the following questions during almost every interaction or after every thought you have.
How long ago was it “common sense” that eggs were bad for you? How long after that did it turn out the it was “just the yolks” that were bad? Now what about red meat…bad or good? It depends on what time period you’re thinking about.
Take it back even farther…it’s “common sense” that humans physically can not run a mile in under 4 minutes. It’s also proven science that if a woman plays sports her uterus will fall out of her body.
What’s changed since then? Someone asked the question.
“Steve…you can’t run a mile in under 4 minutes! If you get close you’ll die!”
“Ladies go bake a pie because if you try to dribble a basketball your precious little uterus will fall out and get blood all over the hardwood floor!”
Both of these are just matters of perception. They were perceived to be facts until someone decided that they had enough and asked the questions. Perceptions screw with people when they willfully ignore the full story or refuse to put the facts together.
Here’s an example…a cat. Is it a cute and cuddly pet or is it a cold blooded killer?
Well it depends on your perception of, or how you perceive, the cat. Are you the person who the cat decides to cuddle up next to or are you the mouse who was chased and then killed by the cat?
What about Santa Claus? When you were a kid it made complete sense that a fat man would slide down your chimney (regardless of if you even HAD a chimney or not) and leave you presents. When you get older you get more facts and the way you perceive the idea of this fat man conducting a breaking and entering on every house in the world in a single night seems a tad unrealistic.
Yeah, right here, now it may seem fucking impossible to deadlift 500 pounds. But who says you can’t? Why can’t you? When you are able to answer these questions and realize that the answer is “because I’m a pussy that’s afraid to work” it becomes easier to hit that goal because you want to prove yourself wrong.
Right now it seems that there is no way that you’ll ever be able to figure out the right way to eat that will let you stay lean and still have a social life. Again, after you ask yourself why, who says that and why they say that, you’ll see that you’re well within reach of doing that.
As soon as you realize that you can take control of the food you put in your mouth, your perception changes.
As soon as you realize that you can work towards any goal that you choose and that you’re in control of what direction you choose, you will find the journey to fantastically enjoyable and you’ll actually see it through.