Saturday, February 23, 2013

mind over matter

 the phrase "mind over matter" was popularized during the 1960s and 1970s and used in reference to paranormal phenomena, especially psychokinesis.  it has also been used in reference to mind-centric spritual and philosophic doctrines such as responsibility assumption...something i am a big fan of.

the doctrine of responsibility assumption centers around the concept that an individual has substantial or total responsibility for the events and circumstances that befall them in their personal life.  greater than the concept of taking responsibility for something, i like to think that it suggests a greater ability to affect our futures.

no, i'm not some new age weirdo.  i don't believe in the fates, karma, kismet, and all of that stuff.  okay, maybe i do to some degree.  more than anything i like to think about how my agency plays into actions, thoughts, and ultimately how my life turns out because of that agency.  before i realized that i and i alone am responsible for how my life turns out, i made all sorts of excuses and placed blame.  little did i realize that when i pointed the finger at someone else, four more were pointing right back at me.  yes, i'm counting my thumbs as a finger.  it feels left out if i don't do that.

in this day and age more and more people are blaming external forces and looking for plausible excuses for the way things are and they're not internalizing their role and contributions.  i'm not hypothesizing.  i see the proof every single day.

that 9-5 job i do is in a diabetes clinic.  i audit patient documentation and billing compliance.  that means i read about patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and all of the associate complications.  there isn't a day that goes by where i don't read about someone blaming their circumstances on their disease.  "i'm obese because of my type 2 diabetes."  well, when i look over their food log and i can see that a half gallon of ice cream is their nightly snack, they eat only processed food mostly in the form of deep-fried fast food, and there is hardly ever a piece of fresh produce on the plate, i start to question their rationalization.  when they say that they can't afford fresh produce yet smoke 2 packs a day and spend as much as they do on this horrible food, i wish that individual could be honest with themselves.

we are where we are in life because of the choices we make, both good and bad.  you have a choice to keep working out, to keep eating healthy, and to keep seeing those results.  you have a choice to do some hard work, to humble yourself, and take that first step in to the gym, into nutrition counseling, or even out on the curb to take a walk around the neighborhood.  regardless, stop thinking about it and act on the thought about improving.  you will get results!!

you'll get them, either way.  you can start losing body fat, building muscle, building confidence, self-worth, and educating yourself.  those are results!  you can keep sitting there, thinking about it, telling yourself that some day you'll do it, and procrastinating.  those are results!

remind yourself of your own responsibility assumption...the ability to change your future by implementing cause and result changing behavior.  don't keep thinking about when you're going to make the changes and see the results.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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