This morning I had The Today Show playing on TV while I got ready for the day. I usually have it playing in the background as I
make assemble Mr. Lively’s breakfast and lunch and try to keep an eye on Franklin (he loves absconding with our shoes which is the cutest [and annoying] thing ever).
While I was in the kitchen I heard a random lead in to an upcoming segment talking about a man’s weight loss.
“Coming up, a man who lost 140 pounds shares his weight loss secrets.”
For whatever reason, a part of my mind just kinda snapped. I got all feisty.
I’m sick of people/tv shows/magazines pitching us the “secrets” to things.
Because you know what? There is no secret.
We all know this. We all can guess, by logic, science, and personal experience that the man probably moved more and/or ate less calories. Sure, there are a lot of trends in nutrition that might try to break that equation. But more often than not, a calorie is a calorie. How we can move more and/or eat less can take a million different forms. But that simple principal still remains constant barring serious body or chemical imbalances.
In other areas of our lives we also get bombarded with the “secrets” to wealth, business, relationships, you name it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of the hype. Deep down, intuitively, we can all infer what leads to success.
Unlike our ego’s vain hopes that we can find short cuts, principals remain true.
- Eating until satisfied (not stuffed) and moving our bodies regularly. – Weight Loss
- Creating unique products that genuinely improve people’s lives. – Business Growth
- Saving, spending, and investing money within our means. – Wealth
- Being a more loving, kind, and accepting significant other. – Relationships
Though we can manifest principals in a myriad of ways, there are no real secrets or short cuts.
We know this, yet we are fed “short cut advertising” like this all the time.
I really hope that we see less of this low-level, flashy messaging over time.
We are smarter than that.
Please note: I commend the man in the segment himself very much! What he did was commendable and full of hard work. Not a “secret” like the show presented it in the promo. The issue I have is that they pitched his story as “sharing secrets” rather than talking about dedication and hard work.