Welcome to DontLikeItGetBetter.com, I’ll be your host.
The world is crazy right now. We can do something about it. We can be less crazy.
Abraham Lincoln once said “people are about as happy as they decide to be.” Is this true? If you did 100 pushups, would you say it made you tired? Or would you say it made you stronger?
What if I told you that your answer to that question is likely predictive of your long-term outlook for health, happiness, and satisfaction? There are endless clichés and platitudes about optimism as a force multiplier, but as a society we tend to undervalue how our mindset affects nearly every aspect of our lives. Considering events over the last year and more, it’s easy to focus on the negatives. And to be perfectly clear, there have been challenges and heartaches and strife. But there are numerous reasons for optimism in spite of the myriad challenges that still lie before us. The concepts of yin and yang are timeless. As advanced as we like to think of our society, we do not often have the luxury of being able to perfectly categorize much of anything along the lines of good and bad, healthy and harmful, and wise or foolish. Few things are absolute in nature. Oftentimes, the way we ultimately feel about the world and our place in it stems from how we perceive our lives through the lens of our own mind. There is an old saying that “the optimist believes this is the best of all possible worlds while the pessimist fears this is true.”
Our world offers the option to choose our future outlook. Why not choose the path of positivity?
About 45 weeks ago, I was overweight, unhealthy, unmotivated, and depressed. I was starting to spiral. I looked long and hard at myself in the mirror one day. And instead of being disgusted with what I had let myself become, I got motivated thinking about the person I could get back to being. It can be difficult to remain optimistic when your self-talk is toxic. I was lost and in the Wilderness. But then I started making positive changes, and day by day, everything in my life started getting better.
Our communities, our society, and our nation is hurting right now. We need fresh perspective now to face the challenges. And we can change our minds faster than we can change our circumstances, but one begets the other. We need to remind ourselves of the power we have within us. Within our own minds lies all the motivation and tenacity we need to achieve our most important goals.
Where do we go from here? We’ll be examining a lot of different subjects, not limiting ourselves to anything and everything but likely focusing on these core matters: optimism, science, technology, health, psychology, fitness, travel, wellness and self-improvement.
So what the hell? Here we go.