It’s important to focus a lot of the time on what you CAN do or CAN have as opposed to what you can’t. Life throws us many curve balls – its just how it goes – so focus on the positive
When people talk about dietary restrictions and how bad that concept is just have a think how many foods in your diet you actually eat? Be realistic here. I bet its 20, 30 maybe 40 foods at the most. Yet if someone is told not to eat one or two things (for a good reason) the mindset is one of defeat or sadness. So the way to combat that is look at replacements or substitutes.
Add more foods – as an example if someone is told to maybe remove candy – rather than just focus on the CANT , think of 10 fruits you can have instead, maybe 5 of those are brand new ones you have never tried before.
This feeds through into exercise – be that actual movements, cardio, amount of time or even intensity. We have programmed ourself to fail the moment we think CANT. Instead think I CAN. Once you accept the Can attitude its amazing what changes can be made. Very often people have tried diets or new fitness regimes and they haven’t worked. So the lack of faith creeps in (that CANT thing again!). Hence why it’s good to focus on what you can.
You may be too out of shape to sprint but I bet you can walk right …CAN. You most likely can walk quite fast or up an incline (CAN!) You may find an exercise in the weights room too heavy. But I bet if you reduce the weight you CAN do it – it’s almost impossible to not be able to bar some specific injury or medical condition.
Poor nutritional habits are like a knotted rope that needs unraveled.
You need to find both ends. Find out where you are then slowly work to undo each knot at a time. Each proceeding knot trying not to create another in undoing it.
Apply this to time, people kill time doing nothing and then complain they don’t have time to do ‘something’ turn off the TV, stop playing games on your phone, do productive things Your 20-30 minute journey to work could be time to study, listen to a podcast, write, plan, focus, relax – it just needs that CAN attitude.
We go through life killing time, be productive, spend time with your friends and family, be successful, accomplish something, have fun, take time to think and reflect on things. Focus on the positives and the ‘cans’ in life, not the negatives !
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