The inspiration for this post literally came from a fortune cookie. It reads ” Self-respect is the root of discipline.”
Now it’s obvious (or at least it should be) that you must employ discipline in order to be fit and live free. There is no fitness nor freedom without it. It is the glue that holds the whole darn thing together.
The problem is, people will often seek fitness as a vehicle to earn self respect. They believe they will like themselves and respect themselves more once they are thinner, stronger or look better. They are waiting for the spoils of fitness to somehow give them self respect.
This is hardly ever pans out. If you’re waiting for results to look at yourself in a positive light then you’ll be waiting for the very thing that brings forth your discipline. And if you’re waiting for that self respect creating discipline you’ll be waiting for results.
It’s hard to stand up and believe you deserve better. This is especialy the case when other’s will try to push you back down. They’ll say things like “don’t be shallow, vain, selfish” and so on. In other words, don’t go around thinking too highly of yourself.
This mentality is absolute poison. You can’t can’t your body, health or any sort of fitness higher unless you look at your current situation and think “I’m cut out for more than this. This is not good enough.”
I once had someone give me a hard time and ask me “What, you think you’re too good for this? You think you’re better than this?!”
Damn strait I think I’m too good. I’m too good to lower my standards and say “This isn’t the best, but it’s good enough.” I hold myself higher than to accept pain, weakness and illness. In my book it’s not acceptable. Thus I have the self respect and the discipline flows forth.
What do you think? Is it all fortune cookie babble or is there something to this?