There’s a thousand ways to do a thousand things, and a million ways to fuck up those thousand things.
Many of us are adept at research rather than application. The internet has made it ridiculously easy to download apps and videos and get shit shipped from amazon in two days in order to turn us into indestructible super-badasses.
This overload of option and information has made it difficult to apply the knowledge that we have. Take diet, for instance. Type that into amazon and see how many results show up. Each purports to have the rhyme and reason for weight gain and the secret for weight loss.
Know what that secret is? Calorie restriction. Science confirms it. Boom – done.
But you’ll be tempted by just another hack, another book, another purchase that’ll set you on the right track. Keto? No, keto is bad for you, do Mediterranean, no, actually, South Beach – wait, did you hear what Paleo lets you do know?
Exercise suffers from the same rigamarole. There’s bodybuilding, powerlifting, HIIT, Crossfit, benches and treadmills and gadgets galore to get your sweat on. Yet ask any fitness model or athlete and they’ll tell you the same thing – keep it simple, increase weight to progress, and do plenty of cardio.
The Sith crave power, lust for it. This is done through passion, fueling their dark side energies with wild emotions. It could be easy for us to fall into information overload, letting whims follow where they may. But a Sith does not ‘workout’…a Sith TRAINS.
And in training there is discipline. Follow through. Power is not achieved by chasing whims. Power is achieved through the patient application of will and discipline. Hone the will through discipline.
First, set up your life in a manner that you can establish a routine. Block time off your schedule. Cut out TV, get up early if you have a family, set a place and time aside. If this requires you re-train for a new job, do so. You’ll be frustrated otherwise, that you continually are sidetracked by the failings of mortal life.
Next, ensure your diet and sleep are in good condition. Your metabolism is a balance between the body breaking itself down and repairing itself. You forge a better body by simply choosing to eat better things. The rebuilding is largely done while asleep, however, so ensure you are resting deeply and for long enough periods. Sleep enough to be rested, and do not deprive yourself of rest. If you indulge, indulge here.
Training the body trains the mind, so begin here. Pick a few simple routines you can do, and set a small window where you forbid yourself to deviate from the schedule. Do cardio and weights. However you want, whatever method you want, but do it.
Once this is done, add mental training. Learn and practice memory techniques, meditate, and read. Set a goal to read and learn something for a few hours per week. However you want to fit this in.
Once done, you are not just working out, nor engaging in self-improvement. You are training. You are filling yourself with the energy of the dark side. You are becoming a powerful, violent animal, a threat to the cattle that fills our world.
What I did to be more like a Sith Lord…
Not much. I am re-training for a new job finally, and college has consumed most of my life at this point. Taekwondo has been abandoned as I just cannot train consistently enough to justify the expense. I’ve contacted my old Escrima instructor and am hopeful that I’ll begin again with him, and will simply not worry about hours spent training. I’ll just do it.
Exercise has skid to a stop, but I am going to join a gym nearby and just start working out when I can. I’ll not depend on a martial art lesson to dictate when I sweat.