In the past few weeks I’ve encountered several people asking me about the efficacy of several things.
In all three cases they found an anecdotal picture of ONE person on the Internet or in that chosen field that’s had success to prove their point.
There are 7 billion people on this planet and if you can only find a handful, perhaps even less that have had notable success in what you’re proposing the odds aren’t great.
Someone asked me about weight loss surgery, I explained my thoughts on it and it’s long term efficacy, the reasons why it would succeed and fail. The largest pivotal point was that those with success had changed their mental approach to food and their lifestyle.
Surgery doesn’t give someone this, it’s expected when food is limited you choose to implement good choices. It’s like asking a room of 2000 people to choose, given they can only consume a tablespoon of food. What food would the opt for?
High calorie high fat, high sugar food?
Or some nutrient dense high fibre, high nutrient food?
You can find that one person through google, or that handful. Why?
As it’s a minority and people shout about things when they’re in a minority.
Gastric surgery is up 530% in the past 6 years in the NHS yet we still read about these occasional long term success stories in gossip mags….as it’s a rarity. It sells news.
Someone asked me about building muscle and running a marathon, when I said that it’s possible to do both, just unlikely. They googled an image of a guy, with muscle running a marathon.
There have been 882 thousand people complete the London marathon alone since 1981. Stand at the end of the marathon and do some market research.
People ask me daily about the efficacy of flexible dieting for the general public. I then get a picture sent of the same 3-4 people who have strong genetics and have always been very lean. That isn’t proof?
Evidence has various tiers of quality and validity and if you’re a scientist or even should we say someone who appreciates science be able to differentiate between them.
The most resounding thing here is that these anecdotal tales of success in things that the odds are against give people belief despite resounding evidence they don’t work for most.
I guarantee that most of the mindsets of those that succeeded wouldn’t have led them to google to prove to themselves or others it worked.
They got out there, weighed up the factors, got on with it and the outcome was positive. You, by default are not that person. Look deeper than what you perceive you will get success from. It’s not a system, a method. Be logical, weigh up what you truly want against what will have the most benefit and clearest path towards it.
The human being is amazing and there will always be exceptions but are YOU the exception and that 1%?
My money despite not being a gambling man is on no. I would love as much as you if you where and you proved people wrong, I live to prove people wrong and nothing more gratifying. If you’re clutching for proof despite people who are knowledgable on that subject advising otherwise I would anticipate you are in the wrong headspace to pursue it…..