BATTLING WEIGHT AND WILLPOWER
Every journey, I believe, starts in our mind. A conniving trickster, our mind most often behaves like The Jungle Book’s Kaa, the slick, swashbuckling python. Think about it, just like the python, our mind too casts a spell – a spell of complacency, I say – and then just like the python, our mind too tightens its grip on our already weak willpower, compelling it to surrender to its magic mantra: There’s always tomorrow.
And before you even realise it, you are kicking the prickly sense of guilt out of the park and replacing it with over hyped confidence, happily convincing yourself with ‘I’ll take the ardous path towards achieving my goals some other day, today I have other places to go and other pleasures to explore’.
This persistent state of langour is our biggest obstacle in the journey towards our goals and dreams and our mind is responsible for it.
And for this reason, Mohammad Al Qassimi is a hero. As you read his weight loss story on page 24, you’ll realise that this young man has not just kicked poor eating habits and lifestyle choices out of his life to lose more than 125kg – more than half his earlier body weight – but given his attitude towards life a complete revamp.
His sincere effort to get fit by staying true to his strict regime, makes him an example
Our mind casts a spell of complacency, then it compels us to surrender to its magic mantra: There’s always tomorrow
for all those who start off with noble intentions but lose steam soon after the pain, sweat and tears weaken their resolve.
As we come towards the end of the year and could again be tempted by the prospect of drawing up a long list of resolutions, I think we need to add ‘determination’ to the list too.
Let me know what you think.