Knowledge + Discipline = Spartan Strength

The formula above is deceptively simple. It is simple because there isn’t much to it.  I provide the knowledge, you provide the discipline, and pretty soon you’ll be in better shape than you may have thought possible.  It is deceptive because while discipline may only be half the equation, its actually 99% of the effort.  Anyone can read some sheet music, but that dosen’t mean that they can play the piano.  No, it takes lots of practice and dedication to acquire a skill like that, and getting healthy is a lot like learning to play the piano.  If you are doing it right, then you are spending 1% of your time reading what to do, and 99% of your time actually trying to do itWhile I can provide you with all the knowledge you need regarding doing a lot with a little, its up to you to actually use it.  The best advice in the world is wasted if it is not followed.  A Zen master once said that his teachings were like tea leaves, useless by themselves, but when a student puts them into practice with study and meditation, the leaves steep in the hot water of the student’s discipline and release the flavor of enlightenment. I couldn’t have come up with a more perfect metaphor. Put what I say into practice. If it works for me, I bet it will work just as well for you.  The knowledge you can gain from this blog, plus some determination to succeed dug up from the very depths of your soul will make you stronger than you have ever been, and I’m not just talking muscles.  The kind of person who can persevere through doubt and frustration is the kind of person who will succeed at whatever they try.  Being healthy means a lot more than big biceps and low bodyfat.  Spartan Strength refers to  strength of the body as well as strength of the mind, and you can’t have the former without the latter.


About bryjbrown

I'm a grad school student with too many hobbies and not enough free time.

Posted on May 17, 2011, in Spartan Strength and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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