Culture indicates so much about success and failure. If I could meet my former self and give them one bit of advice: change the culture of your life. I could have used that advice fifteen years ago, or five years ago, or last year. Even when I knew and understood that a culture of discipline is the only type that brings on plentiful, consistent and secure gains, I didn’t live the life I knew I needed to live.
For so long, ScalesonFire.com has been about attacking a fitness industry that preys on the weak and ignorant instead of uplifting them. Personally, I’ve felt just as weak and ignorant as those people in that time I’ve been writing because I know what to do and my life could be better, and it simply has not been. Exploring discipline is a long process when you weren’t raised to show it. Changing who you are based on who you want to be is doubly difficult because the people around you will not understand and respond negatively to these changes.
I’ve had to transform too many times to count, in body, in mind, I’ve changed who I was to be something I thought suited me over and over. This process has gotten me here, with a strong, lean body, a positive outlook on my own life, and a real vision of how I can help society and not just attack its faults. There are twelve months in 2013. Here are the twelve things I will do to change my personal culture and feel some of the greatness I’ve always craved:
1. Get 25 race t-shirts and 6 medals
This means running two or three races a month, running NYRR’s entire 5-Borough series of half-marathons, and one full marathon. This will also mean qualifying for the 2014 NYC Marathon.
2. Dramatically increase my strength
This means staying with a more structured, disciplined calisthenic regimen.
3. Practice yoga daily
This means combining a home practice and studio practice to build a body that is infinitely flexible and a personal tranquility that I’ve never had consistently.
4. Run 2000 miles
This means a progressive number of miles run and a running practice that is equally as consistent as my yoga practice. No matter how slowly these miles must be run, they MUST BE RUN.
5. Build my brand
In order to be the person I need to be, YOU need to know who I am. I must be more dedicated to writing about fitness and my own training. I must be more dedicated to self-promotion and the promotion of my beliefs. I must take more pictures of this body I’m building and what I do to build it. I must connect with more like-minded individuals. I must always think in terms of the safety of the brand.
6. Become a better planner, preparer and execute more
This means scrupulously attending to my past, current, and upcoming affairs so that I can give myself the opportunity to make the most out of them.
7. Eat a fuel-only diet
I can not expect to succeed athletically if I make poor food decisions.
8. Non-stop involvement in sports leagues
Whatever sport is in season, I need to compete in an organized league playing that sport. This should be a year-round process.
9. Get faster
In 2013 I will run a sub-7:00min/mile pace during a race, I will also build fast-twitch muscle fiber to display a new quickness and power translating to sprint speed, leaping ability and improved agility.
10. Attack every day
To see my goals, I need to treat every day as if it has limitless possibilities and use each passing day to get more done.
11. Get sponsorship
I use a lot of products, and plan to use and try more. Some I really believe in. I want to connect with those companies and build lasting partnerships.
12. Live the world’s most active lifestyle
Because nothing would make me happier than to inspire others to greatness by showing them that discipline makes the impossible, possible.
This should be my last year of struggling, scrambling to be better and feel better. After sitting down to plan out who I really want to be to and for this world, I’ve arrived at these twelve things, and the superathlete that emerges from this change is going to change the way you view fitness, athletics, and discipline.