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A positive attitude will take you far in life


Our regular columnist, Stephen Smith from Merewether Fitness Studio, discusses the ‘glass half full’ or ‘glass half empty’ proverb.

One thing I pride myself on is my ability to leap out of bed at 5.30 every morning and attack my job with a positive attitude.

That has been really difficult this week.

For some people, being positive comes easy, while, for others, negativity can be the default mode.

In my gym, for example, I can have two clients with similar body types and fitness levels and have them do the same workout.

One is very negative and complains all the time. This person doesn’t like to be pushed and everything is too hard.

The other is the opposite. Very positive. This person wants to be challenged because they know that getting out of their comfort zone leads to growth and improvement. 

Same workout, but two totally different experiences, with the sole reason being their attitude.

If I was to then ask them to describe the workout they had just completed, the words they used would also match their experience. One positive and one negative. 

Owner and Head Trainer at Merewether Fitness Studio, Stephen Smith.

Observing how one applies themselves in the gym is usually a good reflection on how they apply themselves to life.

This is a classic case of the old ‘glass half empty or half full’ proverb.

The good news, if you are a glass half empty person, is that you can be a glass half full.

It simply comes down to choice.

I knew a lady who had enough excuses to be a glass half empty for two lifetimes, and yet she was one of the most amazing glass half full people I ever knew.

She was orphaned twice by the age of 16.

She then married the love of her life at 22 and they went on to have six kids together before he passed away, leaving her a 33-year-old widow.

This lady also had two genetic diseases, which meant she bounced in and out of hospital most of her life.

Despite struggling to make ends meet, she often invited other children from her neighbourhood into her home who were in need of food, clothing or a bed.

Somehow, despite tragedy after tragedy, and challenge after challenge, she remained positive and encouraging and was able to provide her six children with a loving upbringing and sent them out into the world with a positive attitude and the belief they could achieve great things.

She taught them there was always something to be grateful for.

The reason I know so much about this amazing woman is because she was my mother.

Sadly, she passed away this week, leaving six heartbroken but very grateful children.

We’re grateful that she was our mum.

Until next time,

Health & Happiness,


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