Day 172: Social Proof, Be Aware, It Is A Shortcut
In Kenya,a study found the prevalence of obesity among urban residents to be 60.3%. Globally, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has more than doubled since 1980 (1). In 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults were either overweight or obese; of whom more than 650 million were obese. Does that mean that it is right to be obese?
There is something most of us know very well because we use it to determine what to do, think, say or buy. It is called social proof. We use it to learn what is correct and what is wrong. We look at what other people are doing and use that to guide our behaviors. But be aware, It is a shortcut.
If you are at work to improve your overall wellbeing, allow me to nail some reality on you. You need to know and acknowledge that the right thing is right even when few people are doing it. It does not matter how many people are doing the wrong thing, it is still wrong! Do not confort yourself by asserting that your negative habits are not negative because so many people are engaged in them. Even if everyone exhibits such habits, it does not make them any right.
Previously, I have said that a dead fish cannot swim upstream, only a live one. My encouragement today is that you build courage and exercise self-control to be able to resist the temptation to compare yourself to the majority, resist and swim upstream. If you have to compare yourself to anyone, compare yourself to the people you love and you want to emulate. Even if they are a speck in an infinite crowd of people.
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