Everything we do and everything we are is pretty much the result of the choices we make.
Obviously there’s stuff that is out of our control and I’m not talking about those things but most of the stuff people aren’t happy about is a result of the choices they have made throughout their life.
I’m also not claiming that it’s easy to make these choices or that you should always make the right choice we are human after all.
However that doesn’t change the fact that our actions more often than not determine our outcomes.
Take health and fitness for example.
Getting out of shape stems from a series of poor choices and to counter that getting in shape comes from a series of positive choices.
People probably aren’t going to like this but if you overeat you have chosen to do so.
Whist you might not even realise you are doing it there is still an element of choice there.
Most people know if they are lying to themselves. I personally know if I start gaining excess weight it’s because I’ve been eating like a dick. That’s still ultimately been my choice.
The same goes for exercise.
Every single person who goes to the gym has ultimately made a decision to get off their arse and go to the gym. In the same way anyone who doesn’t has chosen not too.
I’m not saying it’s always an easy choice to make but there’s always the option there and whichever option you choose will determine the outcome.
I could go on and on….
You have the choice to go for a walk at some point during the day. Again not the easiest thing to do when you are tired and under pressure, but ultimately there’s someone somewhere in a worse situation than you making the opposite decision.
That doesn’t mean you are in the wrong but don’t complain when they have a different outcome to you.
I’m a massive advocate of personal responsibility. The blame culture makes it easy for us to pin our failures and shortcomings on something else, anything else but ourselves.
I’ve found the best way to achieve anything is to set a goal and then focus on opting for the option that is most beneficial to that goal in every little situation.
These little decisions add up and will eventually make or break you.
Too often people focus on the bigger picture rather than all the little bits that ultimately create it.
Start by thinking small and things will start falling into line.
Not just in training in all aspects of life.