by TONY OLEJNICKI | Creator of the HiACHIEVR Program
This is the best steel I have ever done. It comes from the title of the book by Jeff Gains .
He asks these 3 questions about Americans and finds out that at least 65% of Americans are obese or overweight, 65% are in a bad financial situation and 60% by their own standards are busier than they ought to be.
So what is the reality in Australia?
In 2014-15, 63.4% of adults were overweight or obese. 2 million Australians in 2016-17 are experiencing financial stress. 42% of Australians acknowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but more than half (56%) are missing out on their morning meal at least once a week because they are too busy to have the breakfast.
The issue here is not about calling people fat in bullying mindset but to address the issue in a practical way to help suffering population to recover and develop sustainable living practices. It is a serious mind crisis created by the negative side of the total commercialization of humanity. We all know that but the crisis has not risen sufficiently for people to take action. So what would it take to get to the tipping point for the population to take action?
It is all about psychology and perceived value and commercial mind may help us. It is all about choices. Why do we make the wrong choices so often? And, how to change that?
Behavior produces results, so to change results one must change the behavior. It is as simple as that.
The behavior is driven by your brain: primal brain, the emotional brain, and deeply thinking brain. Jeff Gains calls them the Robot, the Emotor, and the Thinker.
The Robot, the unconscious part of the brain drives your survival mode and is the happiest in a comfort zone of an experienced safety. The Robot receives the feedback signals from the body sensors. It translates them into thinking the emotional parts of the brain. The Robot drives muscles to act in self-preservation to experience gratification and avoid pain.
The Emotor springs to action, when you are driven by emotions (urges, desires, fears). It is concerned with the present and requires a gratification without much delay.
The Thinker, reasoning and thinking part of the brain can see the past, present, and future.
The Emotor makes us see and act through emotions. We ignore contradictory evidence and fabricate supporting evidence. The Thinker can manage the Emoter. Hence most people try to fight or control their emotions, feelings, and fears. This is why they are unsuccessful because willpower doesn’t last.
How to control emotions? Simply put yourself in other's shoes. You will see reality in different ways and instead of going against your emotions you will follow your emotions and develop new behavior which in time will develop new habits. The jerk who cut you off is probably a jerk but it may be a person in distress taking his dying child to the hospital to save the child’s life.
If you feel better about the exercise you would enjoy doing exercise.
If you felt different about the food you would eat different food.
If you need to change behavior there is plenty of advice. Most of the advice is about the type of behavior and not how to change it. This is one most important reason why it is so difficult to change the behavior.
The HiACHIEVR Program is a 12 weeks practical course of changing and developing behavior for a sustainable and productive personal and professional life.
It is based on the most important principle to successful transformation synchronizing the Robot and the Emoter.
Tony Olejnicki – an engineer, adventurer, motivator and exercise physiologist specializing in high altitude training – is the creator of IMA (Infinite Mountain Adventure), an inspirational company helping professional working in an office environment to improve life quality and experience a motivational Himalayan adventure.
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