The one thing that completely changed my life!
By Mads Tobias S. Gisle Johnsen
I want to start out talking a bit about myself.
Between ages 6-20, I ate an extremely limited diet. About 70% of what I ate was plain bread, and the rest of it was pretty much just garbage. Chocolate spread, Doritos, and a little bit of ground meat on pizza. I didn’t even start eating cheese until I was about 16.
I might have had a glass of apple juice twice a week, and some tomato sauce on my pizzas, but other than that there were NO fruits and vegetables. I’m serious. Not a bite of an apple or a leaf of spinach for over 10 years. I can’t believe I survived…
Here’s what turned everything upside-down for me in a matter of months!
The key ingredient Over the years, I’ve come to realize there is only one thing that truly can change how you live your life. Be it changing your diet, quit smoking, start exercising or spend more time with your family.
It’s pretty simple… inspiration. It doesn’t matter how much you learn about a subject, or hear someone tell you about how good it is for you. You need to be inspired, motivated and energized to make the change in your life.
What made changed my life? Two things in particular. Youtube and getting psyched up about health talking to my brother Mikkel. I started watching tons of Youtube videos from The Life Regenerator (aka. Dan the Man).
I’d been told my entire life that I should eat more fresh fruits and vegetable, but I never wanted to eat any until I started personally being inspired by people like Dan the Man. Why? Mainly because it made me think of fruits and vegetables as cool! This new shift in viewpoint totally changed everything for me, and I started chomping on every fruit and vegetable I could get a hold of. Within months I was pretty much raw vegan.
I didn’t even read the 80/10/10 diet until a few years into changing the way I ate, which then served to further inspire me about my healthy food choices.
Inspiration 101 Practically speaking, there is no one answer for all of us. What inspires us can be anything! We always hear of people who only stop smoking when they get diagnosed with a lung disease. What made them suddenly change? They were inspired to make a change in their life because of the will to keep on living healthfully.
We need these “catalysts” to actually make change. As long as we keep thinking “Oh, I should start exercising…” but don’t really want to, we’re invariably going to end up quitting the exercise regime after a short while, simply because willpower only lasts so long. Inspiration is more long term.
If there is something you want to change in your life, you need to seek out every avenue of inspiration. Youtube videos are an epic source, as you get to look up to people who you dig. I thought Dan the Man was awesome, and that’s why I started thinking fruits and vegetables was awesome. See?
I hope me and Mikkel inspire some of you guys as well! In fact, our Patreon is a great place to get inspired, as we do Q and A’s, live streams and talk with you guys through the timeline there!
So, if you want to start exercising, start watching exercise videos, follow people on Youtube who you resonate with, and I pretty much guarantee that you will soon want to be able to do what they can do.
The reason this stuff works is probably because of the way we’re hard wired to look up to those who do things successfully. We look up to our older siblings, parents, teachers (the good ones), and try to emulate what they do. Not because we think we should, but because we’re inspired to do the same things they do because we think they’re cool!
What if I never get motivated? We’ve all been there… Feeling like we should be doing something or even thinking we want to do something, but it just never happens. We might even start a project only to stop halfway.
The truth is that most of the time, the answer is simply to let go of your desire to do the things you feel like you should do. It’s NOT worth your time and energy to keep thinking and fretting about doing something you don’t actually want to do!
That said, if there is something you truly believe you would benefit from, like changing your diet, it might be worth investing some energy into consciously blasting your mind with inspiring content.
Mikkel wrote an article on “The Four Attributes of Successful People” which is pretty awesome.
Watch Youtube videos. Talk with people who are doing the things you want to do successfully. Listen to podcasts about the topic you’re interested in. It’s all about getting deep into it.
If I can go from nearly gagging on a piece of apple, to eating 100% fruit in a few months… I’d say pretty much anything is possible with the right amount of inspiration-juice!
Check out our article on Three Factors That Will Make You Want to Exercise