If I treat a student like he’s stupid, chances are he’ll behave stupidly. If I treat a student like he has a natural propensity to be naughty, he’ll behave naughtily.
If you tell yourself, that you’ll never get that lift, you’ll never get it. If you tell yourself that you’ll never be able to adhere to that diet, you’ll never be able to do so.
They are usually used in a manner which leads to our demise…
The other day, I read a fantastic article on the Internet, which contained an extremely poignant point regarding the aging process in American culture. It read:
“Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest”.
Think about it: You’re getting old; There’s no way that you can do what you used to do. Slow down, relax…you’ve earned it. Satisfy every craving you develop; You only live once. It’s normal to get “soft”. Flabby is okay. Taking Crestor, Lipitor, Lasix, Esidrix, Lozol or Mykrox are all part of the territory. And a little problem with your sugar is normal for your age.
I am in no way asserting that there aren’t hardships that come with aging (I know you’re saying, “What would she know!!???”), but I simply feel that our society has simply become too complacent. By accepting the fact that you will deteriorate, and that there is absolutely nothing that you can do about it, you are creating a self-fufilling prophecy.
Maybe you don’t have to age so rapidly. Perhaps you can feel better in your fifties than you did in your forties. Maybe, just maybe, you could even look better??
I cannot begin to tell you how many individuals came up to our tent at the Branford Festival and said, “You definitely don’t have anyone my age doing this!” “How many people do you really have over the age of forty at your gym?” “I could never do that!”
I have to tell you that it made me prouder than EVER when I reflected on all of our non-complacent, not-going-down-without-fight, butt-kicking Master’s athletes at Shoreline CrossFit.
Keep refusing to settle.
In fact, how about using a self-fufilling prophecy in a positive manner???
Here’s to better 40′s than 30′s, better 50′s than 40′s, better 60′s than 50′s, and heck….better 70′s than 60′s!
And if you don’t believe me, please take 6 minutes to watch this video regarding friend of Shoreline CrossFit Jacinto Bonilla, “I’m in better shape this year than last year [on his 73rd birthday]“:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeLVMgz-yUo[/youtube]