Do The Work!
In A World of all consuming Short-Form Content, Spending Time On Building Mind, Body, and Spirit, Puts You Way ahead
In today's digital age, we are bogged down with a constant stream of short-form content, from viral TikTok videos to limited-character tweets. While these snippets of entertainment and information can be engaging and even informative, they often leave us feeling unfulfilled and distracted. In fact, researchers have found that short form content has even changed the way our brain processes and stores memories (Look it up!). In this fast-paced world, it's essential to recognize the value of investing time and effort in building our mind, body, and spirit. Doing so not only helps us lead more balanced and meaningful lives but also positions us way ahead in the race for personal growth and success. Don’t watch a TikTok about a book, read it! Don’t watch an IG Reel of someone lifting while you lay in bed on a Tuesday morning; get up and get after it! Do the work! It’s simple really.
First and foremost, nurturing our minds is a crucial aspect of developing a personality and gives us a reason to have an opinion; not everyone deserves to have an opinion since many people don’t have a clue of what they’re talking about. Consuming short-form content may provide us with bite-sized pieces of knowledge, but it rarely encourages deep understanding or critical thinking. On the other hand, dedicating time to reading books, pursuing higher education, or engaging in thoughtful discussions fosters intellectual growth. It allows us to develop problem-solving skills, creativity, and the ability to see the bigger picture, all of which are invaluable assets in our professional and personal lives. The other thing reading does is it forces us to constantly ask ourselves, “am I right about this?” Once a man can face this question and dig for answers on a daily basis he can then begin a journey of intellectual humility.
Physical health is another area that benefits greatly from sustained effort. The allure of instant gratification often leads people to opt for quick fixes, such as crash diets or intense workout programs. However, building a strong and healthy body requires consistency, discipline, and patience. Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate rest are not just short-term goals but long-term investments in our overall well-being. By prioritizing physical health, we not only enhance our quality of life but also increase our longevity and energy levels, giving us a competitive edge in everything we pursue. Waking up before the sun rises, lacing up the kicks, pounding the pavement, or hitting the gym is easy for a day or even a week, but can you do it with consistency all year? Make a damn plan and stick to it. Write it down. Follow it. See the fuckin growth baby!
While the digital age has brought a wealth of information to our fingertips, it has also disconnected us from our inner selves. In the rush to consume short-form content, we often neglect our spiritual well-being. Cultivating our spirit can involve practices such as meditation, mindfulness, or engaging in activities that bring us joy and purpose. These activities help us connect with our core values, find inner peace, and develop a sense of purpose that transcends the shallow pleasures of instant entertainment. A strong and grounded spirit not only aids in navigating life's challenges but also leads to a deeper sense of fulfillment and happiness. Find a group of men who want to be on the same path as you do (Those who truly want it will not hold you back) and grow with them; talk about your thoughts on what you’ve read, how you could hit a different muscle group better, goals for the year, and anything else that gets the conversational juices flowing. Doing it outside is even better, soak up those rays! Being social with your boys, in a healthy way, can be a deeply spiritual exercise.
Overall, it is clear that the world of short-form content offers only a fleeting sense of satisfaction. To truly excel in the race of growth and success, we must prioritize the development of our mind, body, and spirit. By dedicating time and effort to these areas, we gain a competitive advantage in our intellectual, physical, and emotional pursuits. So, let us challenge the allure of instant gratification and embrace the rewarding journey of self-improvement. In doing so, we position ourselves way ahead in the pursuit of a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Although it all starts with consistency, if you can’t do it over and over, you will never see the growth and outcomes that you dream of. So start today, and do it tomorrow, again and again and again.