It’s a new decade. More significantly, it’s an opportunity for the younger generation to become better human beings.
My 23rd birthday is set to arrive on January 15th, and I cannot help but reflect upon the past few years of experiences and lessons.
Your 20’s is a significant period of time, it’s one that far too many young people neglect because of the naivety of youth. There’s nothing surprising about young people wasting their time, it’s what most do.
But that certainly doesn’t mean you have to become one of them.
Regardless, I will share some insight that will allow you and others your age to take advantage of what the 2020s has to offer. This is a lesson that has aided me on my path to excellence.
Everybody needs to take a stand for the health of their body, mind, and spirit.
The process of becoming the healthiest version of yourself doesn’t come without hardship. More importantly, there are forces out there that want you to remain sick, fat, and spiritually lifeless.
As a whole, people prefer comfort. This is how human beings and other organisms naturally react; seek pleasure and run away from pain. But if you want to stand out in a sick society, you have to behave differently.
You have to care about different things than most. There will be people who speak down on you for this, but that’s only because they perceive you as a threat. And you really are one to them.
Nobody wants to admit their own ignorance.
That’s the modern problem that most face, especially younger people.
It has very little to do with conflicting information or a lack of understanding, although that plays an important role. Instead, people succumb to the unhealthy lifestyle because it’s the path of least resistance.
Look around you, these threats are everywhere.
How do I avoid these threats, you ask?
Everyone wants a magic solution. Not only do they want the magical solution, but they want it to happen quickly as well.
Good things take time, discipline, and extreme ownership.
It begins and ends with a mindset. If you value good health, then rejecting the threats becomes an unconscious lifestyle. You don’t have to whip yourself up into a frenzy to avoid an unhealthy meal because of your belief system and track record of habits.
The moment my outlook changed for the better was when I decided that I was fed up with the consequences of walking the path of least resistance.
I don’t struggle with behavior change anymore because I have chosen to make my discipline strong and boundaries clear.
Rejecting the lifestyle of the majority has been the best decision I have ever made.
I want you to do the same.
I didn’t always care about my body and mind.
The process of transformation started when my father experienced his first heart attack. The second one that sent him into a coma served as a reminder that death is always at the doorstep.
I knew from that point forward that health would always be my priority. I still fall into many traps. I think that most people understand the value of good health, regardless of the surface level understanding they have.
What I’ve learned in the past few years is how to effectively manage my energy. I’ve always understood that energy is what matters most, and the only way to control it is to make healthy choices.
Most obsess on time management, yet this is misguided because there is a finite amount of time. We all have 24 hours at our disposal, but very few can harness the power of their physical energy.
I’m nobody special.
I am a young man who made the decision to take care of his well-being, and that’s available to you as well. If you develop that mindset, the puzzle pieces will fall into place and you’ll figure it out.
It’s common to observe young people discount the importance of their own health, but there is one thing that they fail to grasp:
Discipline is your best friend. It doesn’t prevent you from experiencing life to the fullest. Instead, it gives you the leverage to focus on other things that are important to you.
When you reach a certain point, making healthy food choices and doing what’s best for your body becomes unconscious. What was once an uphill climb becomes an easy and casual walk.
Only once a healthy lifestyle becomes a habit can you then focus on other areas of your life such as relationships, travel, creative work, so forth.
And most importantly, without your well-being, everything else becomes more difficult to manage…
Relationships fall apart without the energy to maintain them.
Creative work gets flushed down the drain without mental clarity.
Travel becomes a fantasy when you’re bedridden.
That is why I’m an advocate for improving your health first before anything else. It is the foundation upon which you build the structure of your life.
Build a strong foundation, and everything else can be supported.
Neglect the base, and it crumbles from underneath you.
The decision is up to you.