Why Prevention Is Better Than CureMay 03, 2022
It may seem like today was just like yesterday.
But it wasn’t. It was completely different.
You see, every day is unique.
Appearances can be deceiving—and almost always are.
There may be times when things seem to be going along steadily.
But this is an illusion.
In life, there is no such thing as staying in the same place.
There are no straight lines. Success is a curvy path.
If you’re not increasing, you’re decreasing.
There is no status quo.
You are either getting better or you’re getting worse.
("Maintaining excellence" is still improvement, by the way.)
Reality is this: You simply cannot remain the same as you were yesterday.
You are aging—you have no choice in this fact.
There will be natural wear and tear on your body.
But how quickly and how significant?
As a side note, up until the 1950s the great strides made in increasing human life expectancy, were almost entirely due to the elimination of infectious diseases, a constant risk factor that is not particularly age dependent.
In other words, if you remove the possibility of death due to an accident or infectious disease...
...you may have a better quality of life but you won't necessarily live any longer.
But who wants to prolong a low-functioning, low-quality life?
I mean, think about it, you want to live to be a "ripe old age" as long as you are still maintaining a high quality of life.
But many over-40 men and women forget this one thing...
You decide if your quality of life is getting better or worse.
Ask yourself these seven questions if you feel stuck:
1. How is my attitude?
2. How committed am I?
3. How am I investing my time?
4. How am I serving others?
5. Where are my daily habits taking me?
6. What one thing can I stop doing today that will help me achieve my goals?
7. What is one thing I can start doing today that will help me achieve my goals?
If you’re not improving and moving closer to your goals.
If you’re not making yourself leaner and stronger every day (or maintaining excellence).
Then you’re losing ground.
“All I want to know is where I’m going to die so I’ll never go there.” - Charlie Munger
There’s a lot of wisdom in that quote.
Sadly, prevention doesn’t get the respect it deserves because human beings typically don’t appreciate when bad things DON'T happen.
Think about it...
Consider the gratitude that comes when people give up vices, pay off debts, lose weight, or otherwise dig themselves out of holes.
Yet, when was the last time you celebrated NOT getting yourself into trouble in the first place?
The unfortunate truth is that getting rescued from something terrible feels more rewarding than avoiding it altogether.
The doctor who conducts a high-risk surgery, exposing you to the perils of infections and complications, will seem more heroic than the doctor who renders the surgery unnecessary.
In my experience, the most heroic people are the intelligent ones who reduce the chance of catastrophes happening at all.
But nobody celebrates or recognizes them.
This creates a weird scenario where people are incentivized to put out fires instead of prevent them.
I’m writing about this because if you want to be successful, you need to think in terms of preventing fires instead of putting them out all day long.
Because while putting out fires might feel like winning, it keeps you stuck.
I’m sure you know a yo-yo dieter who has lost the same weight ten different times now.
It feels like ten different wins, but it’s not. It’s a whole lot of suffering with no real progress.
They grumble when the scale moves up several pounds and increases a few percentage points in bodyfat.
Then they cheer when they lose a pound.
But from a net-net standpoint, they are still obese.
Perhaps you've felt this way before.
My suggestion is to focus on prevention and fix your health issues BEFORE things become broken.
While you cannot change the past, where you go today and in the future is 100% up to you.
To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.