Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Five Things You Can Stop Obsessing About Today to Be A Happier and Healthier Person Tomorrow.
We love sweat at VimTrim. In fact, we believe exercise should be done daily. But while we want our clients to sweat during their workouts, we don’t want them sweating the things in their lives that, in long run, don’t really matter that much.
If you’re human, you’re mind specializes in analysis. It is constantly looking for solutions to problems, at least what our minds believe are problems. And while this is an important mental function our psychology, it can sometimes run a muck and we can get stuck on the small stuff. Unfortunately, this also means we miss out on enjoying the bigger stuff… the stuff that we actually care about.
In our many years of working closely our clients, we have noticed a few common thoughts, that in one way or another, we tend to get stuck on over and over again. We’ve listed the top five along with our two cents on why they just aren’t worth the sweat.
1. Whether or not people like you
It is impossible to please everyone, so why bother trying? Talk about stress! Trying to please everyone, trying to make everyone happen, and constantly worried about what everyone thinks. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy. First and foremost, you must love yourself and be able to recognize your own unique qualities that make you who you are. We as people need to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror and be ok with who we are. Then you can truly stop this impossible task of pleasing everyone.
If someone doesn’t like you, it’s their loss and their problem, not yours!
2. Being right all the time.
Next time you find yourself in a debate, notice how attached you are to being right. Then, ask yourself how much it matters. You’ll notice that some things are worth fighting for, and some things are not! It actually shows how confident you are when you are open to being wrong. It’s important that we are confident yet humble enough to listen and admit when we are wrong. That ultimately makes you a stronger and more well-rounded person. Humility is the key to knowledge and wisdom. There is always more to learn, there is always room for growth, and we need to be open to learn from anyone we come across in life.
3. What the voices in your head are saying.
The average human mind processes between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. Many people seem to have no control over their thought life. They allow their minds to take them anywhere their thoughts take them and they allow circumstances to dictate their thought path. Life happens to us all, and much of life is out of our control, however, we can control how we respond to life as it happens. Our responses to life are a reflection of our thoughts. Take your thoughts captive, take control of your mind. Don’t believe the lies that come up in your daily thoughts.
4. Comparing yourself to others.
Guess what, there are people who are better than you in some things and it’s ok. There are people who have more stuff than you do, and it’s ok. There are people who have done more in life, and it’s ok. The undue stress of comparing ourselves to others is truely pointless. Instead of getting upset about someone else’s prosperity, try congratulating them for their success.
5. The future.
We get it. You have big goals. So do we! We’re not saying don’t think about the future. We’re just suggesting that it is far more effective to focus on the next step or two that will take to get to where you want to go. In other words, don’t get so fixated on the destination that you miss the road signs along the way.
Next time you notice that you’re sweating the small stuff, do yourself a favor and get out of your head and take that sweat with you to the gym! We promise it will make you both a happier and healthier person in the long run.