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Stop Using Genetics As An Excuse
Many people use genetics as an excuse to justify why they can’t complete or achieve something. Even if it were true – it is still a limiting belief, which prevents you from living to the peak of your potential.
Especially for weight-related goals, unless you have been medically assessed and diagnosed by the relevant health professional – you are responsible for the state of your physical health, simple.
Beliefs such as ‘I am big-boned’, or ‘I can eat anything and not gain weight’ are myths developed from an incorrect analysis of one’s own behaviour and habits.
This state of mind is self-destructive in such a way that can be applied to almost any other facet of life. Notably our physical health and mental health, as well as our approach to many concepts in our relationships.
For example, regardless of how unattractive you are led to believe – there are still millions of people out there who would be very inclined to date you. Why do I make such an assertion, or rather how do I know this is true? Purely because of how large the population of the world is.
You are creating your very own mental blockade to success
The problem with regularly using this excuse is that you’ll begin convincing yourself that it is impossible to achieve a particular goal or ambition because you lack: X, Y or Z. By further manifesting this thought into your belief system, you’ll also begin admitting that the ‘problem’ you have, is the way it’s meant to be and thinking in this may lead to learned-helplessness and depression.
Don’t Be That Guy….
If there were one reason I could give to prevent you/myself or any other individual to stop using genetics as an excuses for our failures and shortcomings, it would be because it is a self-inflicted belief caused to lower our self-esteem, and prevent us from making positive changes in our lives.
- Don’t be the person who says they weren’t born with a mathematical mind to do basic budgeting and keep their finances in check.
- Don’t be the person who says losing or gaining weight is impossible, when they haven’t stuck to a proven plan of for success because they lack important qualities for that very success, such as consistency, belief in oneself and delayed gratification.
- Don’t be the person who says ‘my father is big, my mother is big, and so is my younger siblings – therefore we must have the ‘fat gene’, and being healthy must remain an afterthought for us.
Instead, focus on being the person who wants to change their life without searching for external reasons or factors to motivate them into doing so.
The Goal Is Happiness
The message I’m trying to convey is that genetics plays a very small part of your success or failure in any area of your life. So in turn, treat it as such. For me, I’m at my happiest when I’m focusing on things I can change, rather than those that I cannot.
I have a finite amount of time and energy to do what I love each day on this glowing, blue ball of something. So I’d rather use that time and energy to change what I can.
As per the equation of happiness, if what I’m doing doesn’t keep me engaged, fails to provide real meaning to my life, and prevents me from deriving pleasure from it – then I’m effectively wasting my time that could be better spent on other things and other people.
Now it’s your turn: How often do you use genetics as an excuse, and how does this affect your ability to achieve your goals? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.
About the author
David Johnson Oragui is a balanced life practitioner, gathering people together to undergo a journey towards a balanced life that brings about ever-lasting happiness and excellence. His mission is to motivate and inspire as many people as possible to live their lives to the best of their ability through the idea of a balanced life. You can find him on Google + and Twitter.