The f**k it button.
The big imaginary button that can change your life massively. The F**k it button can have it’s positive out comes and negative out comes. Lets look at the positives first, you can’t decide whether to go travelling…..just drop everything and go. Then suddenly the big button appears, some thing clicks in your head, and “f**k it” you hit the button and before you know it you're on a plane and you're about to make some amazing memories and experience the world. Good positive outcome..... people rarely regret making memories like this..
Now lets look at the negative. You’ve had a bad day at work, stress is through the roof, you're tired and fed up. You get home and you think “f**k it” and order a massive take away, binge on ice cream, sink a few bottles of wine. You then feel guilty and bad about what you’ve done, hit the button again to make you feel good, then you're in a never-ending circle.
These two situations are both emotional based decisions with two huge different outcomes and just examples, that I’m sure you can relate to. Most of the time when we make decisions they are emotionally driven now when it comes to your health and fitness how can we avoid hitting the “f**k it” button often. Well I say to my clients change the button so now there is two, a red button and a blue button. The red button can lead to a negative outcome, the blue positive. Before you hit the red or the blue think of the out come it may have if you get stressed and turn to food or drink are you going to be able to stop, is one bad day going to lead to a bad week? Or is that take away going to be the break you need and you will be able to stop at just the one “cheat meal” and get back on top of your eating.
The point I’m getting at here is leaning how to control your emotions, if you find yourself hitting the red button more often, then look at what causes you to hit that button and actively try to change that because that will ultimately be the thing causing you to not meet your goals. Once you stop and think of the things that are causing you to hit the red button you will find yourself hitting it less.
It's worth looking at the things that are causing you to hit the button and working out if you can control them. Maybe its your job, your relationship or your financial situation. These are ALL changeable factors. If, however you can’t control them then learn how to let it go over your head as you can’t affect the out come and your wasting valuable energy letting something affect you that you can't control. For example it's always confuses me people who moan and complain about the weather, there’s literally nothing we can do about it so why let it stress you out, yes granted you could move to a place that has better weather but you're not changing the weather your just changing the environment…the weather will still have bad days! So why moan?
The take home from this…focus on controlling the controllable and think before hitting the RED “f**k it” button.