Interesting exercise, after reading the below article in a business blog, I replaced every mention of 'wealth' with 'health' and 'rich' with 'fit'


Most people don't really understand the mindset of the healthy.

After all, if they did, they would be healthy as well. We’ve all heard the remarks: healthy people are lucky, healthy people had a genetic advantage, healthy people are vain, healthy people are selfish, etc.

Yes, the healthy think and act differently from everyone else, and the differences are as extreme as they are numerous.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about them.

1. The healthy are comfortable being uncomfortable.

Most people just want to be comfortable. Physical, psychological, and emotional comfort is the primary goal of the average mindset.

The healthy, on the other hand, learn early on that becoming healthy isn’t easy, and the need for comfort can be devastating. They learn to be comfortable while operating in a state of ongoing uncertainty. The great ones know there’s a price to pay for getting healthy, but if they have the mental toughness to endure temporary pain, they can reap the harvest of abundant health.

It’s not comfortable for a healthy person in the making to forge ahead when everyone around them is negative, cynical, and unsupportive, yet those who can push forward are rewarded with health for the rest of their lives.

2. The healthy dream about the future.

Most of us grew up listening to stories of the good old days, when the world was a safer, healthier place.  This tradition of the masses is handed down from generation to generation while its purveyors have no idea how insidious and destructive it is. People who believe their best days are behind them rarely get healthy, and they often struggle with happiness and depression.

The healthy are future-oriented and optimistic about what lies ahead. They appreciate and learn from the past while living in the present and dreaming of the future. People who get healthy, do so because they’re willing to bet on themselves and project their dreams, goals, and ideas into an unknown future. Much of their planning time is spent clarifying goals that won’t be realised for years, yet they patiently and painstakingly plan and dream of what their future will look and feel like.

3. The fit and healthy are more confident.

The negative projections and derogatory labels placed on the fit and healthy are endless. One of the most common is that the fit are cocky, arrogant people who think they’re better than everyone else.

The truth is healthy people are confident because they repeatedly bet on themselves and are rarely disappointed. Even when they fail, they’re confident in their ability to learn from the loss and come back fitter than ever. This is not arrogance, but self-assuredness in its finest form.

The healthy have an elevated and fearless consciousness that keeps them moving toward what they want, as opposed to moving away from what they don’t want. This often doubles or triples their health quickly because of the new efficiency in their thinking. Eventually they begin to believe they can accomplish anything, and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. As they move from success to success, they create a psychological tidal wave of momentum that gets stronger every day, catapulting their confidence to a level so high it is often interpreted as arrogance.

4. The healthy believe fitness is about freedom.

Among the many fitness issues misperceived by the general public is the notion that acquiring great health is more about showing off than creating choices. While fitness certainly brings status, it’s acquired mostly for the purpose of attaining personal liberty.

It’s impossible to be truly free without health. The unhealthy spend more time at the doctors, more time in bed with the flu.  They are unable to climb stairs when the elevator is out, carry the groceries in from the car, or explore amazing places around the world.

Healthy people can afford to stand up and fight.  They are rarely sick, and if they do get sick or injured, their recovery is so much quicker than other people.   The examples of how much freedom health buys are endless.

Start thinking about the freedoms you’ll gain when you are healthy!

5. The healthy carefully monitor their associations.

People with high-level formal education like to associate with the academic elite. Physically fit people enjoy spending time with others who are fit.

Like attracts like, yet the healthy are often criticised for having a closed inner circle that is almost impossible to break into unless you are healthy too. Healthy people generally agree that consciousness is contagious, and that exposure to people who are more healthy and fit has the potential to expand your thinking and catapult your own fitness. We become like the people we associate with, and that’s why winners are attracted to winners.

In other segments of society this is accepted, but the fit have always been lambasted for their predisposition to engage the company of people with similar fitness. Healthy people think differently from unhealthy people about fitness, and there’s much to be gained by being in their presence.

Set a goal to double the amount of time you spend with people who are fitter than you. Who knows, it might just make you fit.

Darren Ellis