Is your cup half full or half empty?

It’s an age-old question that is used to determine whether we are optimists or pessimists. To be perfectly honest with you, on certain days my cup is half full, on others it’s half empty.

You see it’s difficult to be one thing all of the time.


We all have good and bad days, full and empty days, and it takes a very controlled individual to be optimistic 24 /7.

In terms of fitness – should we be approaching our training schedule with a half full attitude?

Initially, it really depends on what our goals are in the first place. Many people come to the wonderful world of fitness with a specific goal in mind and a high percentage of those people have weight loss as their final destination.

So should we enter in the right spirit and have our minds set on the fact that we will accomplish our goals?

The obvious answer is, of course, yes.

We need to be positive when it comes to our fitness needs, and in many ways this can be half the battle. A positive mental attitude will be helpful for the new fitness fanatic.

It starts with a positive mentality

Let’s face it, if you go to the gym kicking and screaming, it’s going to be a long session for you and probably everyone else around you. If you don’t want to be there, then you ain’t going to enjoy the experience and, worse than that, you certainly won’t be giving it your all on the cross trainer.

You have to “want” to be fit, and you have to believe that what you are doing is the right thing.

As with most things in life, if deep down in your heart you don’t really want to be there, you certainly won’t get anything back from the experience.

Approach the scene with your glass half full and you will engage a whole lot more with what is going on

Readerswho are familiar with “The Secret” will already know that if you have goals that you want desperately to meet, then your mental attitude and self-belief will hold you in good stead.

Those unfamiliar with “The Secret” can check it out online, and you will see it puts a lot of stock into believing in yourself and almost “wishing” yourself through any situation.

So keeping optimistic about your health and fitness goals seems to be the way forward.

That’s the end of that then.
You can stop reading now.
Oh, wait a minute.

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Some of you seem reticent about the previous paragraphs.
I take it you lot are the Half Empty gang!

Well let me level with you.

There are great arguments about being positive all the time, but I know a lot of pessimists that are really in great shape, so how does that work out for them?

The half empty cup

Well, the trouble with the half full gang, is that often they feel that just by being positive, they will achieve everything they want and that can be where they fall down.

As far as fitness and health goes, you need to put the work in to get results.

Sure, thinking about it helps, but thinking about having a great six pack doesn’t guarantee you will get one. You need to put the time, the work and the sweat in to get results in the gym, and often going to the gym in a bad mood is when people train at the level they need to get those results.

Using negativity as fuel

I have friends who go to the gym when they are feeling down, when they have had a bad day at the office, when they have had an argument at home. They go, they train and they use all that negativity to drive them forward.

It’s only when they leave that they feel half full.

Taking things further, is there anything worse than the eternal optimist who doesn’t get the results they want? All kinds of physical restrictions may factor in getting people to the point they may want to be at, how can you tell an optimist that they may never have a body like Beyonce?

So where does that leave us?

It’s great to be an optimist, but as far as your training goes it’s often not enough. If possible, use your initial optimism to get you out there, and when you’re there, use whatever it takes to get the results you are looking for.

There’s no right or wrong here, we are all different, but the facts remain that most of us will feel better about ourselves if we are a little fitter, whether your glass is half full or half empty shouldn’t matter.

A bit of optimism, a bit of hard work and who knows where you might end up.


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