Why we can all learn from Antony Worrall-Thompson's 'mishap'
I hope everyone has had an amazing Christmas and New Years break and you’re all feeling refreshed and ready for a BIG 2012!
This week has been my first week back at work and although I’m very excited about the BIG year ahead, this week has been one of those weeks I’d rather forget…. But not before I learn something from it.
The past week has been a slightly embarrassing for the Worrall-Thompson’s, especially over in London with my old man getting himself into a little bit of trouble. Normally this is where those close to the source give the old ‘no comment’ and tuck themselves away until it blows over. Having spoken to dad this week, he has given me the all clear to speak up.
Those that know me, know I have lot of respect for people that can strongly speak up for what they believe in and very little respect for those that criticise.
A person’s ability to take full responsibility for their actions, admitting when they are wrong and being prepared to make changes where necessary is one of the most admirable characteristics to hold.
Although I don’t agree with what my dad did, I have a huge amount of respect for the way he has handled himself and dealt with the situation. It takes a lot of strength to admit you are wrong and accept help in understanding why- even more when you’re doing it in front of millions of people.
Considering it’s the start of a new year and we’re thinking ‘New Years Resolutions’, now is a perfect time for us to start accepting responsibility for those things we tend to make excuses for. For many people all over the world, the biggest excuses tend to stem around our weight and poor health.
Whether it’s because of a sedentary lifestyle, alcohol or excess amount of poor quality food, we have a worldwide obesity epidemic that won’t change until people can accept responsibility.
Unless you are 12 years of age (in which your parents make most of the choices for you) your health and body are a result of the choices you made, no one else’s.
I have a simple rule with each and every one of my clients. If what they’re about to say is an excuse, I’m not interested… If by chance there is a genuine reason then I’m all ears….. I can tell you now the state of your overall wellbeing is very rarely due to ‘reasons’ and mostly due to ‘excuses’.
It’s one of the hardest things in life to do, but to earn the highest level of respect from those around you, it’s important to be honest with yourself.
In 2012 you have the option, you can take the easy road and continue to make excuses and try and convince people you’re ‘really healthy’, or you can man up and take responsibility for your poor health. Stop the excuses today and I promise, you’ll start to see the results tomorrow.
A big congrats to my dad for being honest and upfront about the situation and the steps he is taking to solve it. I hope that over time people can overlook the fact that he stuffed up and respect that he had the ‘balls’ required to stand up in public and admit his faults.
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