If this is true, or even 50% true, would you not try to think positive thoughts more often? And if you are 100% in control of your body, wouldn’t how you think dictate your actions? There are some verses in the Bible that I would like to share with you that I firmly believe relate to this topic. In Proverbs Chapter 4 verses 20-23 states “My son, pay attention to what I say. Listen closely to my words. Don’t let them out of your sight. Never stop thinking about them. These words are the secret of life and health to all who discover them. Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.”
Now whether you follow the Bible or not, I believe these verses to hold true to anyone and their walk in life. Let’s use an example. I want you to think of someone who is very positive and envision what that person might be like. They are probably pretty confident in themselves and have less stress than most people and they most likely have a positive impact on the people around them. Now I want to you to think of someone who tends to be more negative. They probably lack in confidence, are more prone to look at things as the glass half empty, and inherently have more stress in their life and more insecurities. Sometimes this may not exactly be the person that you want to be around a lot. Now I am not saying that people who are more positive don’t have any insecurities, I am just saying that they know how to look past those things and make a positive out of a less than glamorous situation. This relates somewhat to my last blog about optimism and pessimism.
It is sometimes, and our way of nature, to look at the negative quicker than we look at the positive. I think today’s media and social media play a big role in that. I also think people today generally don’t have to work as hard, nor want to work as hard as people used to. Now there are pros and cons to any generation, but I think as a rule, you enjoy something more when you have to earn it and that is more of rarity than a common these days. But that’s why I believe so many people unite over fitness and especially CrossFit, because at least 90% of the people that walk in the gym have gone through that struggle and understand when someone else goes through that struggle. We build each other up through comradery and for the most part, always have a good experience. And when we experience these things together we get all these natural highs that a lot of individuals look for with over the counter drugs. Now when I watch someone in the gym they are, as I said before, for the most part, pretty happy in the gym, especially when they finish. They feel empowered and they feel confident in themselves. I am sure you have seen the stories of when someone gets their first pull up or when someone loses 15 pounds how ecstatic they are. That is just a catalyst of chain reactions of what is to come for that person, and that is now that they have seen these results and worked hard for them, their thought process changes about themselves and what they thought they were capable of. If someone changes the way that they think, you have a new individual, which is often the greatest change that someone can make to their life.
To finish this this thought up, I would like to challenge any of you who read this to think positive thoughts about yourself, others, and situations that may have happened that you weren’t fond of or of a situation that you might see going in a tough direction, like a hard talk with a loved one. See if it makes a difference. Now it is impossible to be 100% all of the time, so make sure you tackle this in a reasonable fashion. You have control of your body, so take control of your mind, take a deep breath and turn towards positive thinking when things get tough instead of beating yourself up. I’m not going to lie, most of the time it is going to be hard to do, but the greatest people and the greatest accomplishments in life are paved with a bumpy road of trials and tribulations. Everyone remembers the person who took that road. Be that man or that woman, as Scott Peck’s book states, take “The Road Less Traveled.” You will be happy that you did.