Change your thinking, and change your life
In order to break from the things that enslave us, we must be willing to break from the things that are known to us. In some cases, the most horrible circumstances can become the familiar. This is how things like addiction and abuse can hinder and harm an individual over long periods of time. It says, we should not conform to this world, but rather be transformed by renewing our minds (Romans 12:2). Although I have paraphrased the verse, I think the meaning is clear. If we are to break from the conformity of a life that enslaves us, it must start with a new way of thinking.
For many of us, it’s hard to separate the mind from the body (and from the spirit for that matter). There is no “one” thing that will transform us—it takes everything. The good news is that our minds, bodies, and souls work in tandem. Weight training and healthier eating will give us a healthier body and a clear mind, and this can help make us more spiritually available (at least it did for me)—and so on and so forth.
This is all to say that success in the gym shouldn’t stop there—rather it should extend to successes outside of the gym. How is this achieved? Perhaps we begin to apply the same drive and dedication needed to achieve our training goals to other aspects of our life. The same traits that make us successful in the gym will makes us successful in other parts of life—of this, I have no doubt.
Now, this won’t happen overnight for most of us, but taking small steps will, overtime, take us great distances. Maybe we can’t change the environment around us, but we can change how we let it impact us. Maybe there’s no money for a gym membership, but pushups and sit-ups are free. Maybe we can’t afford free-range chicken and organic foods, but we can buy frozen vegetables and cottage cheese for around a dollar per pound, and drinking nothing but water from the kitchen sink costs almost nothing. I know this doesn’t sound like a glamorous lifestyle, and it’s not, but it’s a real lifestyle you can start living today, and it’s something that almost anyone can do in almost any circumstance. Changing yourself isn’t easy, but neither is living a life enslaved—it’s just more familiar.
Change your thinking, and change your life.