The Philosophical Issue at the Heart of Fitness
I want you to choose which quote resonates more with you:
“I have free will.”
“I am a victim of my circumstance.”
Doing a new thing can feel a lot like victimhood. Starting from scratch sucks dog balls. Even the simplest tasks feel impossible. The words “I can’t” feel natural as breathing. You look stupid. You’re embarrassed. It’s easier to remain comfortable, safe, respectable.
Worse than starting from scratch—starting something you’ve failed before. You imagine failing again. Being embarrassed in front of your friends and family. It’s easy to think: “Am I about to prove to everyone that I’m a loser?” You feel like your past, your present, and your future all scream one word in chorus: “Failure.”
You can silence those voices with one simple claim: Everybody feels this way when they do something hard. Every single person feels plagued by their past. Every human being feels like curling up in a fetus like a kid who got picked last in gym class.
Every person feels
plagued by their
This is what
freedom feels like.
But free people in worse circumstances have overcome those voices because they are free. That shouldn’t shame you. It’s to say that your status as human being makes you fundamentally powerful over thyself.
Could this next sentence possible by true?
“I can change.”
Every Hero is Just a Success Story
Do this thought experiment: Imagine a celebrity — one who has a physique you wish you had (Chris Evans is my idol #TeamCap). Now, imagine your head copy/pasted on their body.
They’re not angels. They’re not aliens. They’re not Terminators. They’re humans who executed a simple blueprint with 100% consistency. That’s why they look like Greek statues. You and I have that blueprint.
Allow yourself the indulgence of fantasizing about your future when you succeed. When you have the body you want — when you feel amazing, powerful, and confident. What blueprint do you need to follow to achieve that? And how long — exactly — will it take?
Only one person owns you:
Here is a fact: You can do this. Your past doesn’t own you. You’re not a failure. Your future is ahead of you. And those screeching voices of condemnation do not own your future. You do. You own your future. The only person with the authority to shape your future is you. You are literally the sole authority over the domain of your body. It is your domicile.
Look at your body—you are the sovereign ruler over this place. You can shape it into anything you want. Your past is just a textbook. Learn from it and move on. There is no reason that you cannot transform your body into the very same body you see on movie screens.
Excuse-makers call it “A miracle.”
Heroes call it “Discipline.”
You have liberty. That’s an inextricable element of your humanity. Right now, you can use your liberty to accomplish what excuse-making people call a “miracle.” But body transformation is not a miracle. It’s just brutally hard and rare.
The very fact that you are reading this means that you are taking the first step on the path to rare.
Take the second step. And the third. Every step you take toward discipline is another footnote in a study that will prove: You have free will. You have the ability to decide for yourself. You are not a victim of your circumstances. Sooner than you think, you will exist in a body you never your circumstances would allow.