Responsibility to Change?

Responsibility to Change?

Hello,

Food addictions, shopping addiction, drug addictions, emotional hanger, chronic anxiety, habits that hurt us or others, unhealthy lifestyles…Do people have the responsibility to change? It’s the topic of this video.

It’s one thing to be who you are today, which is the cumulation of all your past actions, habits, and external influences up to this point. But moving forward, is it your responsibility to change when you roughly know what needs to be done?

You hear this often, this person and his behavior is who he is, or this is who I am, you must take me at my best and worst, so what, does it mean we cannot change, improve our lives for the better? in any aspect we choose to? If people can deteriorate or improve in all walks of life, it’s because we are flexible, the human body and brain is plastic, we are not robots who can’t reprogram themselves when needed.

When it comes to nutrition, fitness, and wellbeing, I think each of us as humans need to become fully responsible for improving in those key areas, mainly because our happiness is linked to wellbeing but also for the world. Imagine if each of us looked deeply within and made an effort to improve our emotional mind, our nutrition, fitness, how will that impact the world at large.

We all want others to improve, racists need to change, the police need to change, murderers and criminals need to change, haters need to change, angry people, bullies, but how about us.

This is where Jesus saying of “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at those who sin”…is super relevant…

Obesity cost the economy 190 billion a year
Mental Health cost 200 billion a years
Back and Neck pain cost 87.6 Billion a year
Cardiovascular diseases cost 328 billion a year, project to be 800 billion by 2030

These four big issues can all be reduced if individually, we take full responsibility for our emotional and physical states. Locally that will make our live drastically better, our interaction with people around us kinder, healthier and at the Macro level, the country will be able to allocate more capital and human resources to other issues, improving education, infrastructures, roads, fast trains, better transportation, addressing homelessness, which drastically increased after the defunding of psychiatric hospitals all around the US in the 1970s…or helping rehabilitate people in prison, which is now the largest psychiatric institution in the country.

This is how improving your well being can achieve at a micro and macro level. How much energy are we spending looking for other people to do something for society? our voice matters, but our actions, improving ourselves is even better.

Now, let’s bring the conversation back to your direct wellbeing. If we all look at our lives and times where our behavior was self-destructive or hurt someone we care about, we can all agree that if we had more control over destructive emotions like anger, jealousy, hatred, which can erupt under many situation we face…our happiness and those of others would be better off…or if we successfully transitioned to healthy nutrition and fitness lifestyle, our well being will be much better.

Simple, but far from easy. Improving our emotional and physical states doesn’t happen overnight. Stopping food urges and unhealthy habits doesn’t happen in 3 months…Getting rid of anger or fear once and for all seems almost inhuman. How many times people say they will not get angry again yet it keeps happening.

It’s possible as millions of people have shown but it takes commitment and consistency. The moment you take full responsibility and put it into action, you can start this shift, this transformation today.

Social media and the news have people thinking that someone else needs to change the world, Gucci needs to do this, Biden needs to that, Jeff besoz needs to this. All these people are human just like you. We are all part of a biological ecosystem which means that each of us can influence and reshape this system.

But if you turn the focus on yourself, you realize quickly how hard changing for the better is, I know people who are super vocal about all the changes that government needs to do, but they cannot even eat healthy consistently and be more at peace within. This is one of the best contributions you can make to existence and society, be healthy, at peace within…which will all be reflected in your behavior and interaction with other parts of this eco-system. You first need to be fit in order to serve.

If you don’t have the time, energy, or resource to directly change the system at large, start at home. The same way the American economy depends on small businesses, the same way people, individually can reshape the dynamic of the system.

That’s what the meaning of the butterfly effect is, we are in a biological system, every single part has an effect on the system at large. So are you contributing to making the system healthier, better, or are you a pain point in this system, are you a headache.

The human body is a system, and you know if your ankle is hurting, the whole body’s mood shift downward…so in the same manner, If you are physically in trouble, the whole is also in trouble.

You being emotionally, physically stable, being at peace within, relaxed and balanced is removing one problem from the hand of mother nature.

Now, as I said in many videos, none of this self-improvement will happen if we are not aware of key areas we need to improve. You get angry at someone, your anxiety is making you less sharp, your nutritional habits are making you gain weight, get sick or lose your vitality, you first have to be fully aware of these areas your need to improve before you can take care of them.

In the midst of anger, anxiety, emotional eating, we often feel powerless, it’s happening already. But there are times where we are more clear-minded, this is when we can start to apply the antidotes to destructive habits when we can make improvements to our minds.

You don’t try to learn a new move during a game or a fight. It’s when everything is more relaxed, that you can work on improving yourself.

I am currently reading some books on the culture of consumption we currently live in, what is our ecological footprint, we all seem to always want more. This is pretty relevant to fitness, nutrition, and mental health because one of the reasons why people want to buy more stuff is due to the belief that they will directly be happier or indirectly because of how their status in the eyes of others will rise. Evolutionary psychologists call this signaling.

If the rest of the world consumed as much the US, we would need 5 planets to make it work. This is another element to help you become aware of your responsibility to change, to reassess how your behavior impacts the world at large.

It’s cheap and easy to talk about global warming, about the destruction of the amazonian forest, about the bad cartels, about children working in factories in Asia, but what can you personally do about it? Reduce your consumption.

Do you really need that many clothes, that many shoes, do we really need to eat that much? all these elements can be improved individually. 1.6 billion people go to sleep overweight every night when 800 million people go to sleep starving. 40% of the food in the US is wasted…how many resources going toward making this food is wasted just like that.

We are all part of the system, your behavior can reshape the system because it’s a feedback loop, consuming less, buying less material things will send a message to manufacturing companies, the butterfly effect, we can create a tsunami of change one person at a time. There is no need to wait for someone else to start, you can start today because this will first and foremost increase your well being and overall happiness.

I don’t need you to change the way you eat, improving my nutrition and mental state is enough to myself.
I started thinking about my personal responsibility in this world back in college. And weirdly, it was not because I care about the world like a hippy for example, it’s because I looked at my priorities, what will really make me genuinely happy and realized that by improving my health and well being, I would automatically help move the world, in a better direction.

By eating healthy, I’m helping the country and healthcare system, and maybe being an inspiration to someone around me or to the next generation.

By making sure I improve my emotions, my mind, I’m more at peace, balanced and relaxed within, which helps me reduce the need for more material things.

In my first years of college, I had 10 to 20 Jordan sneakers, more than 30 hats, all kinds of clothes…and by the time I finished college, I was and still wear this black t-shirt almost every day.

After college, I sold every single pair of shoes and hats I had. Today I wear the same black sneakers, all year long, I have 5 pairs of the same shoes.

This shift in my life didn’t happen because I wanted to save the world, no, it happened because I started to improve my health, mental and physical, and the need to buy all this extra stuff just went away. The more at ease, fit, and healthy you are, the better you feel in your skin, the less material things you need outside.

Now, when I’m reading all these books on consumerism, ecological footprint, and how we are robbing future generations, it’s getting easier for me to follow those solutions because I’m feeling better within. And I can totally understand the appeal of consumerism, looking back at my younger self because my mind wasn’t in the same place as it is today, I made a commitment to make it better.

I used to have a list of countries I would love to visit, you know how everybody today wants to visit every corner of the planet, but after reading about ecological footprints, I changed my mind in this area.

There was a passage in a book where the author said how foolish are people traveling to other corners of the planet to go lay on a beach. When you have some great beach around us here, in the Caribbean or even within the US.

If you tell me that for the rest of my life, I’m not allowed to leave the United state, I would be fine with it. Because traveling to exotic locations is not going to trigger a new positive emotion in my mind I don’t have access to here, right now.

So to summarize this video, it’s about asking yourself if you have the responsibility to change, first change for your own wellbeing and betterment, and second for your environment, family and entourage, community, country, and the world at large.

We live in an interconnected system. Your fitness, nutrition, mental health are the cornerstones of a happy life and a better world. It’s up to you

Symptoms vs Root Cause

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Symptoms vs Root Cause

Hello,

In this short video, I want to talk to you about the difference between symptoms vs root cause
And why knowing this will help you pin down where you need to apply your attention if you want to get back in shape, stay fit and make health your main ingredient.

In medicine, symptoms are physical or mental signs that together, point to an underlying issue.
In other words, symptoms point to a root cause, also called disease. Painful symptoms will not be fixed unless the root cause is addressed.

Now, let’s take this understanding and apply it to nutrition and fitness.

Over and over again, I see people who say, I have some back pain, or, my knee is bothering me, or I’m feeling tired and lethargic every day, or I get sick often…And what they do is finding ways to patch those issues and go on with their lives, failing to realize that those signs are pointing to something deeper, they are symptoms of being unhealthy and out of shape.

If you understand back health, you know that just focusing on the area where you are experiencing back pain will not solve the issue, because your pain is often a symptom of your overall fitness level, and other deficient areas in your body can be linked to your back issue. We also can’t forget about nutrition.

The same logic applies to other health issues people have, there are symptoms of the body as a whole not being healthy and fit. You are as strong as your weakest link.

We want quick fixes, we look for a pill or quick solutions to problems we are facing. Like taking Tylenol if you get a headache. Taking it once, okay, but imagine taking it every day to turn off pain. How is that any different than someone taking illegal drugs to feel good.

This is what people are doing with back pain, headaches, digestive issues, lack of sleep, all the way to stress and depression.

Instead of fixing the root cause, they want to patch up issues at the surface.

The truth is, If you fail to dig deeper and understand the root cause of problems you face, they will keep growing in the dark, in your shadow, faster if you decide to numb yourself at the surface. Because physical and mental pain are like phone notifications for us to pause, and take care of our health.

That’s why I always say, nobody gets sick or overweight overnight, nobody gets chronic back pain, chronic sleep issues, diabetes or hypertension overnight…If you pay attention to yourself, you will notice early on signals your body is sending you, you will be able to sense when your body is getting out of sync, out of shape.

Generally, people don’t fall sick because of bad luck, it’s not a magic spell, it’s science. It’s the law of cause and effect. The body you have today, the mental state you have, your fitness, your pains, are all flowers of seeds you planted in the past.

As you might know, the US and the world at large are facing a health crisis. You hear that this country or that country has a terrible healthcare system, some want the government to spend more money, obesity is rising, heart diseases, the leading cause of death is killing young and old, and worse, drug addictions are on the rise, from illegal to prescribed pharmaceuticals. But to me and many in this field, all those issues are symptoms of deeper problems modern society is facing, obesity to cardiovascular issues and the opiate crisis are not diseases, they are symptoms pointing toward mental health and lack of peak wellness.

Diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, if you have total control of your mind, move as a unit and understand the consequence of your lifestyle, your behavior will strengthen a healthy lifestyle.

Craving unhealthy food, overeating, impulse eating, boredom eating, all these triggers are mental and lead billions of people to get out of shape and be exposed to diseases that are preventable.

Debates on fixing the healthcare system continue to stay superficial, failing to address the root cause.

Helping people develop emotional control, mind control, equanimity…you automatically take care of those potential diseases from emerging.

Peak wellness is the highest mental state you can reach, depression is the lowest state. Being normal is in the middle. People in the middle, who are normal and not sick nor depressed assume that they don’t have to work on their mental state, why fix something that is not broken.

But that’s a dicey game because you don’t know how your body and mind will react if stress you experience every day increases by a few inches.

How many people we know to be strong-minded who, facing new challenges in life, completely collapse and let themselves go. Then they become addicted to overeating, get out of shape and start to gain weight, all the way to obesity, or worse, fall into drug addictions or depressions.

I don’t know if you are familiar with Jordan Peterson, whose book, 12 rules for life sold north of 3 million copies in the past two years. Becoming a huge success in the self-help category. Yet, someone as accomplished as Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist, ended up falling into a deep depression and became addicted to an antidepressant.

This is a perfect example of how someone with normal mental health can succumb to mental issues.
What happened to Jordan Peterson and many people we know personally are strong reminders that we each need to be proactive, with our health, physical and mental.

Modern life is very good at helping countries and people increase prosperity and wealth.
But modern society is not equipped to help individuals being fulfilled in life, blossoming.

Being centered, balanced, at ease, that’s mental wealth, prosperity is outside, it’s material wealth.

There is a saying in management that you become what you measure, and in modern society, our focus is on the external, material wealth, GDP and appearances. But have an honest conversation with people and you see how much need there is for mental wealth, inner calm and peace.

But that’s not a conversation you see on the public stage, everyone wants better healthcare, more money. The world is infinitely richer than 40 years ago, but mentally did we make a leap? Addictions are on the rise, depression, lack of fulfillment, there is a strong case that emotionally, humans are going backward, material wealth might be increasing for some, but mental health, in large, is going backward.

People want quick fixes, let’s throw more money at it, let’s blame the pharmaceutical companies,
The big food corporations, we focus on the suppliers but fail to look at the obvious, without demand, there would be no supply. Would Mc Donald survive without people buying it, would the drug cartels survive without demands for drugs? Would people be drawn to it if they were flourishing mentally?

What is our individual responsibility in what’s happening in the world? As buyers, we have tremendous power in deciding what companies stay at the top.

So three things to take away, first, look at the root cause of issues you might have, lack of sleep, back pain here and there, knee issues, take them seriously and fix your overall health and fitness.

Second, going deeper, look at your mental state, what can you do to improve it, and reflect on the connection between your mental health and happiness.

And third, what will be the ripple effects on the world at large if individuals increase their emotional health toward peak wellness.

Health is wealth but It’s up to you, thank you.