This is really the whole premise behind the Spark With Stark. It really clicked for me once I realized that the majority of the fitness industry sells you on "someday". I wanted to take some time and talk about this because I believe this has the power to change your life right now. Not once you've lost 20 pounds but right now. Here's what changed it for me and I hope it will help change it for you.
1.) THE BELIEF
Any lifestyle change (physical, emotional, spiritual) is predicated on the belief that it will actually benefit your life in one way or another. If your constantly miserable doing it and can’t see the why, your not going stick with it. Plain and simple. In fitness, it's this idea of short-term pain for long-term gain. When you start exercising you begin to feel the 'burn' in your muscles and this is when a lot of people feel uncomfortable and stop. When you focus on belief, you begin to be encouraged and excited about the 'burn' because you believe with proper rest and nutrition your body will create something stronger as a result (this is when exercising becomes fun). It's no different in the spiritual sense either. For those of you who don't know, i'm a Jesus guy. However, you don't have to believe what I believe. I'm simply here to encourage you and if you don't believe in God that's okay. I hope this principle will ring true, no matter your beliefs. Anyways in Christianity, many times people focus on the x's and o's. If you focus on the list of should and should not’s then it becomes painful and pointless. It becomes a list of things you can't do and you start to feel uncomfortable and stop. How come I can't do that? How come I can't have that? Instead of focusing on should not's, focus on the belief behind them. Focus on the belief that Jesus actually came here to give you a more abundant life. Focus on His love and you will start to live in accordance to his message as a byproduct. It's no different in the gym. Focus on the belief that this is something that will maybe just maybe enhance your life. Focus on that belief and the muscles, weight loss, glutes, six pack abs, will simply happen as a result.
Six pack abs, flat stomachs, bulging muscles, thigh gaps, superhuman strength. If you have these, your viewed "high" in society. If you don't, then you need to get there and quick. Here's the miserable path to get there but don't worry once you get there life is good. You know the vibe I'm talking about right? The magazines with the guys doing bicep curls by the pool of girls who are drooped over his shoulders. Or the bikini models next to the beach and everyone staring at them from a distance. So you go low carb, eat out of measuring cups, and kill yourself in the gym. Although the methods might be different, I think we can all agree this message is prevalent in the fitness industry. Now i'm all for working hard, making sacrifices, and dedicating yourself but at what cost? If your working hard, making sacrifices, and devoting big portions of your life without contentment or peace is it worth it? This life is short and fragile. It's interesting, that you can have all the material things in the world but if you're not happy, what do you really have? And yet you can have a difficult diagnosis from the doctor and still be content. Whats the x factor there? I believe contentment is the key to reaching your physical goals but I also think contentment is the key to enjoying your life. Have you ever met a really content person? I mean a truly content person? They are so refreshing to be around. When you have a conversation with them, they always seem to shift the conversation back towards you. They seem genuinely happy even when they don't get anything out of the conversation. It's amazing. Unfortunately, most things in this life (diets and fitness programs included) focus on things that bring you away from this sense of contentment. Let's start a movement that brings the focus back on peace and contentment. I truly believe if you are content during the journey, you will get to your destination more efficiently and effectively. That's what Spark With Stark is ultimately all about. Even though it focuses on fitness, I hope you will take it to the other crevices of your life. Your best is yet to come!