Should you postpone cancer?
7.8 billion people around the world, I don’t think anybody in their right mind would agree that if a person gets cancer, they shouldn’t act on it right away. This question almost doesn’t make sense.
If someone has cancer, right away, they have to start taking care of this. It becomes priority number one.
The reason why I’m starting this video by asking this question is that it’s exactly what people are doing with their health, when it comes to nutrition, fitness, basically being reactive instead of proactive.
Postponing their health is the mantra of millions of people in America and around the world. 228 million Americans are overweight or obese, the majority of them would love to get back in shape and be fit, reducing the probability to develop all kinds of disease. But postponing to another day is the main strategy.
What’s the thinking process behind this?
For some, they postpone their health even though they might be overweight, obese or facing critical health problems linked to unhealthy lifestyles because it’s not a problem yet.
Or should I say, it’s not a problem, from their perspective? Because from a medical standpoint, being overweight and obese is a problem, it’s considered an underlying health condition.So if you don’t think it’s a problem, it’s easy to push your health to another day.
But, what are you going to do in the meantime? Think and reflect on this, when you say, I’m going to take care of my body and health in the future, until then, what are you going to do?
When someone says, I don’t have time to get back in shape right now, which is about a minimum of 3 hours of fitness a week, what are they going to do in the meantime? What is someone going to eat when he says, right now, I can’t change my nutrition, I don’t have the time or energy to do it now, what are they going to eat?
Until then, you are going to reinforce your current eating lifestyle…you will give more power to something you are trying to defeat or remove from your life. You are allowing the enemy to increase its ammunition against you.
Imagine you have a monster growing within you, and you say, I’m going to let it grow and take care of it after the new year, this will be my new year resolution…until then, that monster is going to get bigger. This is why I used the analogy of cancer because it’s one of the monsters we can’t ignore. But the monster of being unhealthy and slowly decaying, most people accept this one.
One of the most common psychological fallacies we often fall into is called the hard-easy effect, basically, we overestimate our capacity to deal with issues that are objectively difficult to overcome.
And I think many people when it comes to getting back in shape make this cognitive mistake. I can count in the hundreds, the number of people who said to me, I’m going to lose weight, or I need to lose weight and 1,3,5 years later, this never happened or worse, they actually gained more weight.
I spend a lot of time in the video program helping people really understand how powerful habits can be. We usually think we are in total control of our actions every day, but that’s not the case. Habits can become so strong that the real you is a footnote, and your habits are the rest of the book, habits are in the driver seat.
Which is why so many people get to a point where they actually accept defeat, they accept the fact that, it is what it is, I will look like this for the rest of my life.
Then saying they will get back in shape, postponing is just a way to not admit defeat, this gives them some type of hope, another word for illusion. If there is one word in the English vocabulary I despite the most, that’s hope. Because hope is a drug that keeps things where they are, it allows you to keep up with your current state… it makes living in hell a bit more liveable. Hope de-powers you. Like superman’s kryptonite.
Nike is right in that sense, just do it, it’s the only way to break a pattern, there is no better day than today.
Because every move we make reinforces habits…which in turn predict our next move. So the best day to cut bad habits is today…
This reminds me of an Indian anecdote, that the first 30 years of our lives, we build habits and the next 40 years, those habits run our lives. Maybe that’s why we say older people can’t learn as easily as children, because of ingrained habits.
Every time you think of postponing your health, think if it’s really you who is making this decision. Or are you under the influence of your eating habits and the cookie monster?
Because you don’t even need the gym to lose weight and stay fit, 3-5 hours a week, just walking is enough. And you don’t need extra time to eat because you already allocate time to eating, but you do have to educate yourself on what to eat and increase your overall wellness IQ.
When it comes to health, there is no maintenance, you are either proactive with your health or reactive and increasing the rate of decay.
As we grow older, life gets more complex, children come into the picture, work demands more time, relationships, taking care of our elders, and our vitality is reduced if we didn’t take care of it…so it will become harder and harder to get into this narrow road of health or reach peak wellness, blossoming mentally.
Yesterday you said today, today is that day. It’s up to you.