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Christopher E. Smith

I’ve written before how unhappy I was after I turned 30 last year and how I went on a skiing trip for my 31st birthday in which I used this trip as a conduit for reflection and self-growth. One of the revelations I garnered from this moment of reflection was that I was not happy with who I was. Consequently, I wanted to live a happier life. The big question was how do I go about doing that. One of the ways I decided that I was going to strive for a healthier life was to go to the next level with my health. I want to live an all-around healthier lifestyle during my 30s. When it comes to health in the black community, the life expectancy of blacks is still four years less than that of whites. Furthermore, younger blacks are more likely to live with or die from conditions typically found in older whites, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes (source). That is why it is imperative for me to take my health seriously. Even though fitness and health has always been important to me, I wanted to push myself. So I decided that for this year, one of my health goals is to get a six pack again. Is it a vain goal? Well yes it is, if I’m being honest. However, the foundation behind why I want to pursue this goal is much deeper than just aesthetics. You don’t believe me, huh? Okay, I’ll prove it to you. Here are some reasons why getting a six pack is helping me not only pursue a happier life, but is providing me a way to develop into a better person.

Promotes Self Discipline

One of the attributes I struggle with is self discipline. You put a bag of chips in front of me and tell me I can only have one, I’ll laugh at you as I pour the contents of the bag all over my face. I have to be at work early tomorrow morning; of course I’ll watch another episode on Netflix tonight. You say there’s a box of two dozen donuts in the breakroom; I’ll stack four donuts on my plate like Tetris. Self discipline is like the sugar to a perfectly mix glass of kool-aid. Without it, you’re just left with funny tasting water. More simply, self discipline is a key component to achieving success. If I want to live a happier life and achieve all of the goals I’ve set for myself during my 30s, I first must master the skill of staying focus on those goals and putting fourth consistent action towards them. To actually achieve a six pack, it will require significant self discipline. It will require a conscious effort to have self control and to make the right choices on a daily basis. This is the life blood of success.

It’s An Easy Win

With all of the lofty goals I have set for myself, attaining a six pack is the one goal of mine that I have direct control of achieving. For example, I want to be a professional writer. Being successful in this particular goal does depend on my actions, however, the way people receive my work is what will ultimately determine if I can make a living as a writer or not. That aspect is totally out of my hands. However, when it comes to getting a six pack, the work I put in will be the only thing that dictates if I am successful (barring in unforeseen injury). Basically it is an easy victor, and right now in my life, I need as many of those as I can muster.

Internal Change > External Change

Like I said earlier, health and fitness has always been a major aspect of my life. Ever since college, I’ve always made going to the gym a priority. However, I’ve noticed that last year, I began to subconsciously judge people who were overweight in a negative way. I looked down upon them. I noticed that my motivation shifted from health and wellness, to being better than other people. This mental shift was a direct reflection of my unhappiness with my life last year. This shift was disgusting and I was extremely frustrated with allowing myself to feel this way. I don’t want to be that person. Therefore I have prayed about this and decided to recommit to the purpose of my fitness goals. I determined to make sure my pursuit of health is for positive internal change rather than superficial external change. With this mindset, my pursuit of a six pack is founded on solid ground. You can’t build anything without a sound base.

Okay You Got Me, I Want To Look Good As Well

I never claimed to be holier than thou, and I don’t practice Monasticism either. Living a healthy lifestyle does have its aesthetic benefits. Benefits I tend to showcase all year. It’s definitely going to be a No-Shirt-No-Problem type of summer!

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