Saturday, 27th April

Sometimes life hits us hard and makes us stressed. We are thrown the wrong way, and we can’t concentrate on the rest of the day because that certain “something” is bothering us.

I see some people complaining about everything however small and trivial in the great scheme of things. 

I see others who have genuine serious things, sometimes life-changing things to complain about, never complain at all.

Here’s the difference I see between the two.

The ones that complain all the time are always “stressed”. 

Research shows that if you live with these stressed feelings and keep living them out, that energy slowly drains away from you and makes you live in a depleted state. You are not productive, you don’t get the most important things to you done, and the negativity rubs off on your family, friends and work colleagues all with a hugely negative effect.

I see at the gym too individuals who have everything going against them. They may have a life-changing operation, they may be laid up in bed for weeks, they may be in chair for weeks. The reason I still ask and care about these people is not only do I care, but I am fascinated by their thought process and how a great recovery happens (you will have so many at the gym by now).

How don’t they throw in towel? How don’t they just say that’s it and start eating and drinking to excess every day to cope with their pain? Why don’t they say “why me”?!!!

Their positivity through adversity is the key. They are under enormous pressure to be angry, dismissive, negative and bitter. 

But somehow they battle through and fight and eventually show up. Then they show up relentlessly, they never wants praise for doing so because they are desperately fighting first of all to get partly and then fully mobile. 

Then they fight to be their best again. Then all of these constant battles become engrained in their mind. They are never the same again but in a GREAT way. They become battle hardened, and ready for ANY war that will come into their lives in the future.

The main theme is gratitude. They are thankful for what’s in their life, all the positives, all the incredible blessings they have.

On Saturday mornings I take a “gratitude walk” or run even. I appreciate all the good things in my life, all the opportunities I have every day and for all the time I can spend with my family, the opportunity to be down the gym every day in the week and the sheer number of great individuals like YOU who entrust us to bring out the greatness within YOU.

See your world different, we are all dealt different cards, but how we deal with, and appreciate those cards ultimately makes ALL the difference.

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