A long time ago I read a quote by some rich guy. His name is Warren Buffett. Warren has a lot of money.
His net worth is estimated to be $70+ billion. Warren was once the richest dude in the world but he kinda let himself go a bit, and slid down to #3.
He’s arguably the most successful investor in the 20th century, maybe even of all time. Unlike your uncle Roy or the coffee truck guy who always has an inside stock tip, Warren is the real deal. Basically if this guy ever told you to go buy stock in a company you wouldn’t just walk…you’d run. As someone who has amassed so much wealth, you’d figure he’d be ballin’. His life is quite the opposite. Besides being known for his success in investing he’s also famous for his frugality. He’s not cheap, just frugal.
His still lives in the same house he bought in the 50’s for $30,000. No expensive toys or hobbies either, although I heard he’s good at playing the Ukulele.
That might sound strange to the average Joe. I mean this man can buy whatever he wants. The world is his oyster. He’s explained his mindset several times over the years. So according to Warren Buffett there are two kinds of people in life:
- Those who care what people think of them.
- Those who care how good they really are.
Which are you? This might sound like some bullshit one of these self-help guru’s might spit out on Dr. Phil…or maybe your 3rd grade teacher but hear him out:
“The big question about how people behave is whether they’ve got an Inner Scorecard or an Outer Scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an Inner Scorecard. I always look at it this way. I say, ‘Lookit. Would you rather be the world’s greatest lover, but have everyone think you’re the world’s worst lover? Or would you rather be the world’s worst lover but have everyone think you’re the world’s greatest lover?’ Now, that’s an interesting question.”
Those who answer ‘Yes’ to the first question have an ‘Inner Scorecard’. They have the ability and drive to be a true contrarian, ignoring the world’s judgment and focusing on long-term results.
When I heard this quote it actually changed my life. After thinking long and hard it changed my entire mindset completely. It’s something that sounds so simple, but can be difficult to put in place. As social beings we are in need of others approval. Call it a subtle form of ego if you will. We want to feed our self-esteem based on others opinions, rather than developing it ourselves.
Now How The Hell Does This Relate to Health and Fitness?
When you’re young you’re full of piss and vinegar. I spent years in the gym trying to fool everyone into thinking I was big and strong. Puff out my chest, walk around with my arms one foot away from my hips. Head back, jaw in the air. Wow was I ever a douche bag! I use to be able to do a whole stack of plates on the lat pull down machine. Anyone walking by would have thought that I was strong. The truth is I was using special palm grips and I could barely do a pull up with my own bodyweight.
When I finally broke it down…I realized I was actually going to the gym for OTHER people, not for myself.
That sounds like horse shit doesn’t it? Dragging my ass to the gym day after day just so I can impress other people. I have a feeling I wasn’ the only one. There’s a reason like 90% of people don’t follow through with their health and fitness goals. Maybe they’re in it for the wrong reasons?
The Take Away
Without getting all emotional and touchy feely it all boils down to doing things for you and not for other people. Today I live my life by an Inner Scorecard. I don’t judge myself by how other’s see me. I don’t care that my biceps aren’t 20+ inches. I can do a lot of pull-ups now. Hell I don’t even care that my car is 13 years old. I could afford to go out and buy a more expensive one if I really wanted too.
I guarantee if you start a fitness plan focusing on improving yourself and not to look good for others, you’ll have a better chance of sticking to your plan.
As soon as my mindset shifted I began to notice changes in other areas of my life as well. The healthier I am and the better I feel allows to spend a lot more time with the people I care about. In my eyes that’s a pretty impressive ‘Inner Scorecard’.
Keep the blue side up.
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