Killing Ourselves Softly, Part 2: Stop Falling Into The “I’ll Start Next Monday” Trap
*Audience Warning* If you can’t handle candid talk about obesity, please avert your eyes and stop reading HERE.
This post is a follow-up to Part 1 of this series. I’ve been reading some fascinating books by Steve Siebold called How Rich People Think, and Die Fat Or Get Tough: 101 Differences In Thinking Between Fat People and Fit People. In both books, he describes the differences between how achievers think (he calls them “world class”) and how the mediocre masses think (he refers to them as “the middle class”).
He makes some profound points that extend far beyond the issues of money and fitness. Much of what he says reveals the self-imposed obstacles created by delusional thinking. I believe there’s much that most African-American women can learn from his books because many of us are literally dying for our delusions. We cling to delusions that gradually diminish our lives and even kill us. Instead of facing the harsh realities that can spur us toward seeking abundant life.
RECOGNIZE THAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT UNTIL “NEXT MONDAY” TO MAKE A CHANGE
In Die Fat Or Get Tough, Mr. Siebold says,
Fat people believe they can always start over on Monday. Fit people know Monday is never coming.
Narcotics are the scourge of the poverty class. Alcohol is a killer of the working class. Self-delusion is the addiction of the middle class. While fat people delude themselves into believing they can continue starting over on Monday and eventually succeed, critical thinkers recognize this common psychological trap. The core belief is “I can eat the same and get different results.”
. . . With the majority of the media and advertisers supporting their belief that diets don’t work, [uncommitted dieters] feel vindicated and go right back to eating like a fat person. Critical thinkers know that saying diets don’t work is like saying exercise doesn’t work. It’s a ridiculous claim that’s perpetuated for the purpose of manipulating the masses to buy the latest pill, potion or wonder drug that will make them thin and healthy. So the masses feel comfortable while they eat themselves into an early grave, and the producers of the cure-alls laugh all the way to the bank.
. . . Critical thinkers take full responsibility for their results, and rarely believe profit driven claims that make the difficult appear easy. Starting over (again) Monday is an endless loop that keeps people fat forever.
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WHEN YOU WAIT UNTIL “NEXT MONDAY,” YOU’RE ACTUALLY WAITING FOR A CRISIS THAT WILL FORCE YOU TO MAKE A CHANGE
When you wait until “next Monday,” you’re actually waiting for a crisis to happen that will force you to make some changes.
- When you wait until “next Monday” to begin developing additional income streams, you’re actually waiting to be laid off before you take that action.
- When you wait until “next Monday” to improve your dietary choices, you’re actually waiting to become diabetic before you take that action.
- When you wait until “next Monday” to start exercising, you’re actually waiting until you have a stroke or heart attack before you take that action. You’re actually waiting to do some rehabilitative physical therapy.
Waiting until circumstances force you to take action usually doesn’t work out very well. Why in the world would you wait for these sorts of things to happen before taking action? How much longer do you plan to wait?