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Nick Mitchell: Everyone’s a Critic So Please Yourself!

Sometimes in life, it feels as though everyone is a critic.

Certainly in the business world it often feels that you just can’t win and that everyone is out to get you. The sad fact is that this natural human condition, to criticize and knock others, spills over into every walk of life and will impact many of you as you embark on well-meaning New Year resolutions. How many of you are pumped up to make that change right now, only to find yourself deflated and dispirited because the office tw*t/b***h starts to make nasty, derogatory comments because you are eating from Tupperware and not a fast food wrapper.

The English are as bad as anyone at this, if not worse. We get aggravated for absolutely no reason when someone does something a little bit different from the norm. “Why does he want to do that to himself? He must think he is so special” was a frequent snide comment I’d hear from the Brits (much less so other nationalities but maybe I couldn’t understand them!) when I was on holiday and looking more like a bodybuilder than a regular person. As I matured I realized that if someone doesn’t know me and they are making unnecessary critical comments it almost always says everything about the person making the comment and nothing at all about me. This is something that I want those of you who feel that they may be subjected to less than positive peer pressure to remember. Your friends will want to see you be happy, healthier and more comfortable in your own skin. This means that anyone at all who tries to derail your personal fitness goals either does not have your best interests at heart or is a moron. Well-meaning fools should be listened to as little as possible, so stop making apologies for them and find a way to zone out their chatter because if you don’t, then there is a very strong likelihood that your fitness goals will fail.

The commercial gyms of the western world are full to the rafters in early January and then go quiet again just a few weeks later. You are the sole custodian of some very precious gifts, your body and your health, and to allow yourself to be derailed by others is something that you should not tolerate in yourself. You don’t have to forego on all the pleasures of life, you certainly don’t need to go super low carb, train 5 times a week, and live like a Spartan, but you do have to be consistent, stick to your guns, and if you know you are doing the right thing and it makes you feel good (eating something different that makes the office blimps feel bad about themselves and then they project that right back at you, is one of the very typical falling posts for many people) then you’d be an idiot to not stick to your guns.

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