By: Michael Nix
The first step towards living a healthy life can be a challenging one. Where should you start? How should you start? What should your first step be? I have a great suggestion for you. Try to start living a positive life first. If we can take a big step and start living life in a positive way, the healthy lifestyle will fall into place. Now I am aware that it can be very difficult to stay positive at times, but it is crucial that we do so. We must understand that every negative moment in our life is completely necessary so that we may appreciate the great ones.
Why should I be positive?
Now this may seem like a stupid question with an obvious answer, but understanding why is so important to later answering the question how. For me personally, the number one reason that I choose to be positive is that I have come to realize that it is contagious. Working as a personal trainer, a gymnastics coach, and a high school wrestling coach, more than half of my day is spent interacting with people. Through these interactions, I have realized that my mood often dictates the mood of the people around me and vice versa. My goal everyday is that every individual I interact with leaves happier. We can all help one another. Specifically in a gym setting, I have come to find that if one person has a great positive attitude, everybody in the gym seems to be uplifted by that individual and everyone has a better workout and a better day because of it. So again, why should I be positive? Simple, everyone you meet, yourself included, is able to live happier and healthier.
How can I be more positive?
This question can be answered a number of different ways. I am going to only give one answer though. It was a piece of advice that was given to me when I was just a sophomore in high school at Bishop Dwenger and it has been with me since that moment. It was the night before the regional wrestling tournament and the man who started the Dwenger wrestling program had come to practice to speak to the team. He started his talk with the statement “All you have to do tomorrow is have yourself a yeah day”. The guy then paused and looked at us smiling as if he had made perfect sense and we all looked back with lost looks on our faces. He then said “Come on, you know, a yeah day. Everything you do tomorrow, be sure that when you look back at it you can smile and say ‘you know what yeah, yeah I did my best, yeah I gave it everything, and yeah I lived completely in the moment’”. It all made sense then, and I have realized that he was not just talking about that tournament. He was talking about life. Almost every night since then, when I lay down in my bed to sleep, I look back at my entire day and I hope that I can smile and say “yeah”. When there is something that I cannot smile about, I ask myself if I can fix it. If I can, I do; if it is something I cannot change, I have learned to accept it.
Call To Action
Positivity is a beautiful thing. We all know that there are difficult moments, but hopefully we can all understand that they are there to make us appreciate the great moments. Smile so that everyone around us can in turn smile back. It is contagious and all it takes is one positive attitude to change the mood of an entire room. It will help us to achieve any health goals that we have because we are happier with every moment. Just remember to look back, smile and say “yeah”.