What the Fitness Community Says About the Attitude of America

The human spirit is a very powerful thing. It’s what drives us day to day to continue in the struggle of life. We wake up, we go to work, we do our jobs until it’s time to go home, we go home, we do what we want until it’s time to go to sleep, we go to sleep, and then we do it all over again. Life can get extremely monotonous and seem like a never-ending endeavor. We are told that in order to truly be successful in the world, on top of all of this, we need to be able to develop an attitude of joy in the struggle. We need to embrace the struggle like it’s what we wanted to begin with, and by doing this, we will eventually get to where we want to be in life. The old virtue that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve it still rings true today.

However, there’s an ever-growing part of America that has become stagnant in life and even content with being so. People choosing not to be more than they are currently is one thing, but people refusing to improve themselves because they’ve already been convinced that they cannot be better than they are now is another. These are the people that concern us today. In the social media community, there are a lot of people who are content with being unfit or even obese, for example and post about body positivity and fat acceptance. Again, choosing not to be better is one thing, but choosing not to change because you’ve been convinced that you cannot is another.

What is particularly interesting is that this part of the community has actually created made-up movements that have the goal of convincing other people who are similar to them that they don’t have to put in the work to become skinnier or fit to solve future health problems. Obesity, as a result, is one of the actual health problems that are being celebrated as part of “acceptance culture.” Instead of solving problems associated with your weight or your status in life, they argue, you ought to focus on shaming those who are fit, have a higher status than you, or anything else. They have privilege, and thus they have what they have. You are simply the victim of a system that has wronged you. This is the argument of apologists who belong in the fat-acceptance cult or contribute to “acceptance culture.” But these arguments are simply the sad cry of people who know they need to fix their health problems and social problems but would prefer not to because they’re lazy, and so to make themselves feel better, they try to convince as many people as possible to also be lazy so they don’t feel bad about not taking care of their business.

This is an example of the diminishing attitude of the American spirit. People have become content with where they are in life rather than always trying to be better for themselves, their families, and their community. What ends up happening on a large scale is that business growth stagnates, wages stagnate, investment spending stagnates, and so on. America becomes a stand-still nation, letting the rest of the world catch up or surpass us because they don’t share the same kind of victim culture that we share.

The attitude of other nations is that every generation has the opportunity to surpass the United States as a world economic power, while the attitude here is increasingly pessimistic. An example would be that my father went to his state’s Secretary of State office to form a new company. When he got there, he noticed something bizarre about who else was in the office that he had to share with my family. The people working at the office were all native-born Americans, obviously. The bizarre part was that the people there to fill out paperwork for new businesses were all foreigners. There were two Asian women, a Middle-Easterner, and a European. He could tell they were foreigners and that English was their second language because he listened to them talk to the attendant about the best way to fill out their paperwork, and they all had thick accents and could not speak the language very well. This is in no way a knock on foreigners coming here to start businesses, but rather a lesson on just how good we have it in the U.S., and that the rest of the world has taken notice to the vast amounts of opportunity that exists in our country that everyday Americans overlook and accept stagnation and adequacy.

There are a lot of people here in the United States that have been convinced by others that success is for some people and not for others; that fitness is for some people and not for others. This is a lie that completely undermines the entire reason for the existence of the U.S.A. Our country is a beacon to the rest of the world that you can be anything you set your mind to, and others around the world are taking notice. In order to keep the American spirit growing, we need to convince Americans that they are only the victims of their own decisions, and that America is a great country with large amounts of opportunity and prosperity. This is the mission of future generations in this country, and once we fulfill our mission of American exceptionalism, we will have solved a problem that has plagued this country since at least the 1960s.

Finding the Motivation to Get Out of Bed

‘Attitude is everything’

Motivating yourself is hard.

There’s no other way to say it. Motivation in the age of extreme comfort is difficult to find and even more difficult to keep finding. That’s why the world deals so much with obesity, type 2 diabetes, business failures, scholastic failures, and other misfortunes. I’m not going to pretend like I have all of the answers, but I might have some tips to get you started on whatever success journey you want to be on.

Put Your Alarm Clock on the Other Side of Your Room

This is the first on the list because everyone’s day has to begin with getting out of bed. But getting out of bed can be difficult if your alarm clock goes off and you can just hit snooze and go back to sleep. The whole purpose of an alarm clock is to wake you up, yet I bet if you took a straw poll, about 90% of alarm setters actually set several alarms because they know that they’re going to turn it off and go back to sleep. What this strategy does is it makes you actually get out of bed to turn your alarm off. The key here is to set one alarm and not only be woken up by said alarm, but also to get out of bed when it goes off.

Speaking from personal experience, this strategy works beautifully at getting me out of bed and ready for the day. It’s not sunshine and rainbows when you get up, as you’re still pretty groggy, but after a while, these feelings stop being a problem, and you’re just ready for your day.

Make Your Bed

I know what you’re thinking, and no, my mother did not write this bit. Making your bed in the morning is actually a very good way to get on with your day with confidence. This is because you are accomplishing something when you wake up, or achieving your first goal for the day. It also builds discipline within the person doing it and makes it easier to get into a routine. There’s a reason why the military teaches its recruits to always make their beds when they wake up.

Attitude is Everything

The title here says it all. Attitude makes a huge difference in how you view your day, and it all stems from how you feel when you wake up. If your attitude isn’t great from start to finish, you’re probably not going to have the best day, but if it is, you can truly do whatever it is you want to do. Just think about doing something with a poor attitude; you’re not exactly going to be excited about achieving anything, much less actually seeing the task through. It’s like going to the gym with a poor attitude. Your attitude is going to affect your stamina, your energy, and obviously your state of mind. So a bad attitude can ruin an entire gym session, and if you try to work through it, you’ll feel like you’re running in quicksand. If you are in a good or great state of mind and go to the gym, you are set to have a great workout. You’ll feel great and you may even have a little fun.

The truth is that attitude determines how good or bad an experience is going to be, so have the best attitude that you can have because you’ll never get that experience back.

You Have an Edge on the Rest of the World; Utilize It

Getting up early or just simply getting out of bed ready to start the day is already a good way to get ahead of the world. There are a lot of people who wake up at the same time every day with the same poor attitude, and this can be for a magnitude of reasons. One of these reasons is that life isn’t going so great for them, so they don’t feel like they have the willpower to be enthusiastic about going forward. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that this attitude is only going to make things worse. Building on the last point, a good attitude will always outperform a poor attitude, whether it be at the gym, the workplace, or what have you.

The edge that you have on the world is that you have a good attitude when you wake up in the morning (I know, it’s hard sometimes), and you utilize that good attitude to essentially keep the good vibes going. You perform well at the gym, at work, and in your personal life, and eventually, you’ll be able to see the results of your great outlook on life. Keep these ideas in mind the next time you can’t get out of bed; the decision you make to either stay asleep or get up and win the day can either greatly hurt you or greatly benefit you in the future.