The Contrast

The Contrast
Lift Big, Sing Big, Look Great Doing It.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

You're more important than you think.

Consequences.


Part of growing up is coming to grips with idea that actions have a consequence (good or bad.)

The truth is that you have no idea how much your actions will affect others. It is out of your control. Your words, thoughts and actions could easily be washed away among the mindless rabble that pervades our society, being suckled apathetically by the masses. Or you could say the most off handed insignificant thing off the top of your head to the most unimportant individual and all of a sudden you've started a blood feud.



Your significance is insurmountable. Do you think Jodie Foster was aware that someone would try to kill the president because the poor bastard fell in love with her while watching Taxi Driver and sought attention?

I don't believe in a moral obligation to do right because of religion or law. I believe in doing right because our significance is insurmountable and your actions will reverberate through time and space regardless of what you believe.

Whenever you are a performer you get a sense of your inner powers early on. You see people react so viscerally to things that you do with your instrument (vocally, physically, etc.) and you start to have an understanding of your abilities. Just last Sunday morning the preacher's wife approached the choir after performing How Great Thou Art and with soft tears in her eyes talked about her father, recently deceased, and how much he loved that song. I had no clue when performing it that I was giving her a significant moment. How could I? I'm glad we did a good job, she may have been upset if we had butchered it.

Now that I'm in better shape, I've been getting more and more questions about things to do, to buy, what's best. I can only speak from experience and hope that my research will have the same results for you as it did me. (It usually does, I'm not a genetic freak and most of my plans are basic extensions of common sense.) People that are in the fitness business have such power over people. If a model holds up a pre-workout shake and says it got them results, people will assume it's true when usually its not. (Remember "Why I Don't Trust Protein Powder."?) Whether they care to accept it or not, they are (partly) responsible for peoples safety and health. I understand needing a paycheck, but you have to calculate the cost it could potentially take on others.

Why do I bring this up?


One of the reasons people don't take care of themselves, specifically in the area of fitness, is because they have no sense of self worth or feel that it's unimportant. This could not be less true.

People observe your patterns, but more importantly, children observe your patterns and mimic them. Their brains crave stimuli and repetition to reinforce it, and they will take it where they can get it. They learn most of their behaviors from their parents, then from their friends. If you watch hours of T.V. (not that its a bad thing) and never get up to do anything physical, they will see that as normalcy and what one should do with their time.

Now, I'm not saying you should go full granola on them and pump them full of vitamins and or go full bro and make them bench 225 before they are 16, but you can at least give them the tools to be successful and healthy in their lives. However, its got to be more than just lecturing. It has to stem from a place of experience and knowledge.


Working at the YMCA, I often get parents who come in as first timers approaching middle age or a little above it, seeing their children mimic their behaviors and wanting to be a better example. This warms my heart to no end. My reason for getting in shape was purely selfish, which I think is generally the best way to go about it. However, I forget that believing in an extension of yourself, the bearer of your name and your genes can be just as powerful. However, they are starting at a disadvantage due to age and years of habits and patterns that would need to be reversed. Most of them won't succeed because of lack of knowledge or discipline. Not to say it can't be done. My parents have made radical changes (How to change others) and just recently I was made aware of this incredible looking 70 year old who started training at 44.

I want to look this good at 70.

Practice What You Preach.

It's hard for people to just respect words. Words are cheap and mean nothing if they don't represent real action or at least experience. I never really got into sports when I was younger, and I have a feeling it was because I've always had issues with authority, but also I found it difficult to be told to do all of this physical activity by someone (a coach) who was overweight and looks like he can't take a hit from a high school football player without suffering an aneurysm. I know this is a fallacy and that people can have more knowledge than their features may indicate, but this is how my brain (and a lot of ours) works. I also know that just because someone has a lot of skill in a subject that doesn't necessarily mean they can relay their thoughts concisely. The perfect teachers (IMO) are those who are knowledgeable, experienced and incredible at their art from, ideally maintaining their craft through the years with little deviation from product. There are very few in all fields that are capable of this holy trinity, I know, but that doesn't keep you from trying.



If you act like an authority, people will assume you have knowledge. You will use this power how you see fit, but I hope that you will choose something that does some good. Your significance is insurmountable. Tell yourself this 1,000 times every day. Your presence in this world has a butterfly effect (and not the crappy movie...although I'll never forget how terrible that is). While you are living on this earth, your every action has a reaction, and if you've done your job, your little wings will create hurricanes for years to come. Leave an impression on this world, and one you can respect. Your significance is insurmountable. 

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