Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Self-Fulfilling Prophecies

With today being the first day that people are getting back to work and routine after the holidays, it's also the day that they start to tackle their resolutions. Because many people have resolved to exercise more, lose weight and get healthier, there is a lot of talk on facebook about these topics. Sadly, many conversations seem to be about how overweight people are doomed to be overweight forever. Even if they lose weight, they'll never keep it off. Along with those negative thoughts are the theories of how exercise won't help you lose weight, how gyms know about this and how they're conspiring with the medical profession to keep us all spending money on weight loss when it's not obtainable.

This all boils down to making excuses for not achieving resolutions before making any effort to achieve the goals. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy: The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behaviour which makes the original false conception come 'true'. People claim that weight-loss is impossible, so they don't make the full effort to lose weight, and they end up not losing weight.

I am not saying that losing weight is easy or that it will happen quickly, but, please, don't give up on getting healthier. It is possible. If you move more, you will get healthier, even if your weight doesn't plummet. Your blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and other indicators will show that you are healthier. In addition, being more active will help your mental health, something that everyone can benefit from.

Instead of setting up negative prophecies, please follow the attached diagram and expect success. It will lead to actual success. Don't just have expectations yourself, but seek out others who have been successful. They will reinforce your feelings that you can succeed.

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