Wednesday 10 October 2012

Dare to think...

I just had to share my thoughts with you. For a while now I have been observing people around me. Yes, we all do this naturally, but I mean really observing people.

I often get told, "You think too much." So ironically, I've been thinking about this and whether people have a point or not, and have come to a conclusion. It's not how much you think but rather what you think about that makes the difference. It all comes back to the simple truth in life; think positive and be happy and successful or think negative and nosedive into sadness and depression. Constant negative thoughts can lead a person to utter despair and unhappiness. But positive thoughts can lead you to be the best that you can be; considerate, interesting and successful in whatever you choose to do.

One of the main factors that differentiates humans over other creatures on this planet is our incredible ability to think, analyse and adapt accordingly. Thinking is clearly not bad. In everyday life it is a real blessing to be able to think hard and fast to be the best that we can be. As unavoidable factors change around us we have to adapt quickly or else be left behind. Have a think about it; what would you do in the following situations?

A member of your family went out for a run ages ago and hasn't returned yet.
You are organising a charity event and on the day all the equipment you needed doesn't turn up.
You are a personal trainer, you plan a workout and upon arrival suddenly discover your client has a really bad injury.
You have friends coming round for dinner, and 30 mins prior to their arrival you find out they are vegetarian.

I know that the above is very basic, but leading on from these simple examples, our ability to think in depth allows us to evolve better ways of living.  By watching people for years now I have noticed one thing; those that think deeply are often more interesting, educated, exciting, adventurous and aware of the needs of those around them. Their lives are filled with hobbies and interests. No mind-numbing routine of get up, work, cook, eat, watch TV and fall asleep. Oh no! Often leading busy and exciting lives these thinking-types are destined for greater achievements.

Me and Barefoot Ted; another great thinker!
Most of you reading this blog will no doubt be familiar with Christopher McDougall, author of the world-famous book Born to Run. As a perfect example of what I am talking about, Chris dared to think. He dared to take the time to challenge the concept that running trainers are good for us. At the time, and still to a degree he was in the minority and laughed at for his ideas. But as I read just this morning;

"Sometimes a majority only means that all the fools are on the same side." BarefootWayne

Now, Chris is credited with being one of the lead players in the barefoot movement that has changed so many peoples lives and helped increase the sheer pleasure and performance of millions of runners worldwide. Chris dared to think.

There is nothing wrong with thinking. The only thing you need to remember is to channel your thoughts into something positive. How can you exercise, move and run more efficiently? How can you better rid yourself of stress that creeps up on us all from time to time? How could you improve your diet? Could you assist someone you know who is in great need of help? What could you do to better the world that we all live in and share? Work towards finding a way to improve yourself and help others to do the same. Work towards creating a better world that we all have to live in.

Dare to think...



  1. Hey Caveman
    I am intersted in what ties barefooters together. I think that there are a lot of independent thinkers amongst us. I have just listed 'Dare to Think' as a post of the week at

  2. Hi Chris,

    Many thanks and I am really glad you were inspired by my post. I agree that long-term Barefoot Runners are indeed mostly deep thinkers; people who like to surround themselves with practices that they have thought deep into and believe to be beneficial for themselves and those around them.

    Keep thinking, keep listening to your body and carry on the fantastic work educating and inspiring others through the work of your blog :)