Health and Fitness Evangelism – Share the Love
Other people – people you may care deeply about – need you to get them started on their own personal health and fitness journey. As a member of the fitness community you will have an obligation to share the love with others.
In his classic book The Tipping Point on viral networking (a great book, by the way), author Malcolm Gladwell describes “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable”. Gladwell leverages the tipping point concept from physics and applies it to how ideas travel and become accepted in a society. In physics, the tipping point describes how a relatively small amount of weight added to a balanced object can cause it to suddenly and completely topple.
We need to completely topple society’s existing paradigms regarding health and fitness, and it starts with each one of us going out among our friends, our families, our neighbors, and our associates and informing them that, regardless of their past or of their current situation, few limitations exist on our ability to realize the greatest levels of health, fitness, and strength that we’ve ever known.
So where does change come from? It starts with you. Begin by providing an example through your actions. Become a fitness expert, workout hard at least four times a week, be disciplined in your diet and nutrition intake, improve your strength, improve your endurance, and improve your flexibility. Let your friends, family and loved ones see the change in you (and they will see change). Then tell them how you’re doing it, pass the knowledge along, challenge them, support them, bug the crap out them to change also.
It’s important to recognize that love is a verb, meaning love isn’t something you have or even feel, love is something you do, for yourself and for others. So the first act of love is for you, giving yourself the gift of health and fitness. An important inspiration in your own journey should be the desire to change yourself in order to help those you love. With motivation, the first element is that you must have deep passion for your goal. What deeper passion can you have than love for yourself and love for those around you?
We can’t give a greater, move valuable, more loving gift than good health and fitness. Think of all the material possessions you own in the world, what are they worth to you when compared to health, when compared to feeling the very best you can feel. So if you wanted to give a gift to the people you love and care about in this world, give them the gift of health and well being.