The other day while I was browsing the net, I was shocked to read some of the following statistics and I realized that there’s a bigger threat to humanity today than any weapons of mass destruction or wars. Can we do anything to mitigate this dangerous situation?
- 185,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings,
- 6 million people were killed during the Holocaust,
- 30 million lives were lost in 1st World War
- 60-80 million were killed in 2nd World War.
Can there be anything more deadly, disastrous and dangerous to mankind than these wars and conflicts? Unfortunately Yes!
- 10.4 million People die because of Poor Diet
- 2 million people die due to Lack of physical Activity
- 6 million are killed due to injuries and Accidents
- 6 million Die due to Smoking
- 2 million die from AIDS
- 1 million die due to Suicides
- 7.5 million Children under the age of 5 die from malnutrition
- 44 million lives are lost due to Abortions
- 10 million women in India alone terminate their pregnancies in the privacy of their homes.
These deaths are as a result of some of our choices due to which around 60-80 million lives are lost each year which is equal to lives lost in the 2nd World War.
Are we not aware about the consequences of our bad choices? – we are are!
Are we not educated enough? – we are educated!
Then who’s the Culprit?
It’s our CHOICES!
Can we alter our Choices?
On a daily basis we make choices. Before we go to bed we make a choice while setting the alarm, Which toothpaste or toothbrush to buy, favorite soap, favorite dress or meal, which supermarket to visit are all our choices.
In 1970s Finland was the unhealthiest nation in the world. Diet was poor, people were inactive and heart disease was at record levels. Now it’s one of the fittest countries on earth. “The idea then was that a good life was a sedentary life. Everybody was smoking and eating a lot of fat. Finnish men used to say vegetables were for rabbits, not real men, so people simply did not eat vegetables. They preferred to eat butter on bread, full-fat milk and fatty meat.
How did they bring the change?
The government did not say “What not to eat, or what not to do, it did not educate the masses as they all knew it but instead the Finnish authorities MOTIVATED the masses by giving them incentives to cut down SMOKING, ALCOHOL and succeeded in forcing down salt intake and increase in Physical Activities hundreds of local schemes were set up across Finland, drawing previously inactive people into cycling, Nordic walking, cross-country skiing and ball games, all of which were either free or substantially subsidized to ensure no one was excluded. Tobacco advertisements were banned and bicycles were lent.
Over a period of time, the Finnish authorities were able to transform Finland as the healthiest nation in the world.
If you are not motivated enough to alter your habits, you have to simply REPROGRAM your MINDSET.
Our mind is like a computer that has 3 levels…Conscious, Subconscious and Unconscious mind.
5% of our daily activities are from the conscious mind while,
95% are from the Subconscious level.
So, what’s the difference between Conscious and Subconscious?
E.g. Learning to Drive a Car, we are fully conscious during the learning stage and once we finish the learning process, our subconscious level takes charge and we drive with ease and less conscious state.
The best way to alter our behavior and habits is by living consciously. We will be able to take control of our life,The two most powerful functions to fully develop our conscious mind are:
The ability to direct our FOCUS and VISUALIZE.
FOCUS: What we decide to pay attention to and what we decide to ignore shapes our existence and our reality.
VISUALIZATION can be used to create some amazing results.
In one sporting study three groups of people were tested on their ability to improve their free throw accuracy in basketball. They were tested at the start of the experiment and at the end.
One group was instructed to physically practice free throws for 20 days in a row. The second group was not allowed to train at all. The third group spent 20 minutes a day getting into a relaxed state and only imagining them performing the free throws. They were also taught that if they missed in their minds, to adjust slightly and see themselves getting it the next time.
At the end of the experiment the results were incredible. The group that physically practiced each day improved their score by 24%. The second group who didn’t practice didn’t improve at all. But the third group, who had only visualized doing it, actually improved their score by an amazing 23% – nearly as much as group one!
A conscious living therefore will help us to avoid bad habits and save many a lives lost each year.
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I’m Fayaz Pasha from Bangalore, the Silicon Valley and Garden City of India. I’m a Certified Life Coach and an NLP Practitioner. I love reading, writing and convey my thoughts through Poetry. I would like to make my humble contribution to the Society through this blog towards detoxification of social evils particularly the dowry system.