What do you think?

Years ago, the late great Earl Nightingale said something along the lines of:

Most people don’t think; If they did, they wouldn’t say or do many of the things they do.

That’s something to really think about…

I know for sure, some of the things I’ve said and done absolutely PROVE I wasn’t thinking at the time.

Now, you might be thinking, “OK. Sure, Justin. I get it. We all have those moments.”

But, I ask, is it just moments of not thinking?

Leland Val Van de Wall used to say,

“If most people said what they were thinking, they’d be speechless!”

You could easily be insulted by that or tack on a casual LOL and smile, but is there some truth to it?

Dr. Ken McFarland said,

“Two percent of the people think, three percent think they think, and ninety-five percent would rather die than think.”

George Bernard Shaw said,

“Most people think two or three times a year. I’ve gained an international reputation for myself by thinking just two or three times a week.”

These are some pretty strong statement from some pretty renowned people…

Are they right? How can this be true?

Well, for one, I like the way Bob Proctor explains it – most people mistake mental activity with thinking. If you stop and LISTEN to the conversations going on around you and EXAMINED what people are doing with their lives…you’d realize they’re NOT thinking. Much of what we do is on autopilot, just going with the flow of society…

Being a health and fitness guy, I’ll use some examples I often see:

The obvious one is how we treat our bodies…

I mean, we only get ONE body, ONE life. When our body shuts down, that’s it. GAME OVER.

If we were always THINKING, I’m pretty sure we’d treat our bodies a whole lot better…

Don’t you?

Hell, most people – probably not those reading this 😉 – will spend more resources (time, money, energy) on their car than they do on their body.

Over twenty plus years you can imagine how many people have told me that simply can’t afford training…

And, for some, I think that’s the God’s honest truth. They’re working two jobs doing everything they can to scrape by and provide for their families. Although, there are plenty of rags to riches stories out there proving that you can change your circumstances, but that’s another lesson entirely…

Meanwhile, if you examined other’s bank statements you’d see their car payments, car insurance, and car maintenance would more than cover the cost…

BUT, they NEED a car! They have to be able to get around.

ABSOLUTELY, but you can do that in a 10-year old used Camry just the same as you can in a brand new Lexus…

My point here isn’t to tell people how to spend their money or justify hiring a trainer. It’s just to provoke some thinking…

I could just as easily reference people who put more TIME into their landscaping than their bodies…

Or, knowingly put “poison” in their bodies…

And, don’t get me wrong…I’m just as guilty.

I’m really trying to work on my thinking and being less reactive. It’s HARD!

That’s what inspired me to bring this topic up today. Sometimes writing this newsletter is therapeutic for me. 😉

I’ll close with this from Bob Proctor,

“Thinking is the highest function you are capable of, and this mental faculty should be exercised at every possible opportunity. Thought is the preamble to everything in your life. All the great leaders down through history have told us we become what we think about. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people don’t think. They simply accept what they see or hear.”

As you examine your current results in life, understanding that we become what we think about, do some thinking on what you’ve been thinking up to this point…

Then, if you want to change your results, think about how you can think differently.

Phew! That was kinda deep. ;-b


Justin Yule

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About the Author:

Husband. Dog Dad. Author. Coach. Entrepreneur. Transformation Specialist. Justin Yule is the founder, president, and chief transformation officer of The Transformation Club. In addition, he serves fitness professionals worldwide as a business coach and subject-matter expert. Justin is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Transformation Book, as well as the author of the fictional tale, The Transformation Path. He is also the co-host of The Transformation Show podcast. Justin has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness and holds multiple specialty training certifications in fitness. He has been educating, motivating, and inspiring clients to become the best version of themselves since 1997.

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