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"The Power of Acclimation – Part Three of Three"
This is the final part in the Acclimation series, and this is where the rubber meets the road, where observation and articulation transform into raw, explosive, dramatic potential.
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Okay, welcome back to the final installment of our three-part series on the acclimation concept, which is not only the BEST way to make change in our lives, but I believe it’s the ONLY way to cause real and lasting change.
I ended last week with this summary:
Whatever condition your mind and body are in right now, Natural Law and I promise you this: they are in that condition because they HAVE ALREADY acclimated to the environment. You ARE in a stasis. And so ANY disruption to that stasis, that environment, WILL cause your body and mind to re-adapt. Do you get what I’m saying? Think of it as a chemical equation. YOU = Your Environment. You “equal” the sum of the challenges you expose yourself to every day. If you INCREASE the challenges you expose your mind or body to every day, then your mind and body WILL adapt. And this also tells us, what? That you don’t have to jump into some awesome, huge, elaborate gym program. You just have to change your environment.
So if you start today and do three sets of 15 push-ups because you haven’t done a push-up in years, your body WILL adapt. You WILL change, for the positive.
However, the powerful implications of this acclimation process require us to understand these three realities about how our mind and body adapt to our environment and challenges:
First, you have to consider that your body isn’t an idiot. Your body is a tool designed to perform efficiently. And muscle and brain power are expensive! It takes energy and calories and work to keep muscle and brain power up. So your mind or body aren’t going to adapt to what it sees as anomalies. You have to have endurance, and you have to be comfortable with a lot of struggle, because if you haven’t worked yourself outside your stasis in years, then it’s going to take a while. If you’ve been stagnant for ten years, then it might be 3 months of hard exercise before you even begin to see improvement. You’ve got to prove to your mind or prove to your body: “Look pal; this is reality now. Three times a week I’m going to be doing push-ups, so you’d better get used to it.” And, it will. So that’s the first caveat: you’ve got to have stamina and endurance and prove to your body that it needs to adapt.
Second, you can’t stop. Part of the reality of the acclimation concept is, again, that “your body is a product of its environment,” right? Well, that means that if we fill our environment with good challenges – such as books instead of TV, training hobbies and disciplines, and a little bit of physical exercise – then our bodies WILL adapt. BUT, that as soon as we remove those challenges, we begin a count-down timer. Our bodies don’t want to be caught with their pants down, but eventually, they will take the efficient path, and act as if to say: “my environment used to demand being ready for hundreds of push-ups and a long walk in the evening, and I adjusted my capabilities and muscles for that. But now it’s been weeks, and I haven’t needed those muscles. I’m not going to waste my energy. So, I’m going to start burning them.” And, it does. Now, the good news here is that if you can prove to your body for long enough that it does need those muscles, then you’ll be able to go longer and longer without exercising before that burn process begins. But still, this takes time, and that’s why the expert trainers who know what they’re talking about preach lifestyle changes, not bursts of “getting into shape,” which is a fictitious fantasy.
Third: You’ll flatline. Another corollary truth from this acclimation concept is – again- that IF your mind and body adjust to its environment and daily or weekly challenges, which it will, then it WILL stop growing and advancing once it catches up to your challenges. For example. During my personal push-up challenge, I was hoping that by doing 200 push-ups every day until they got easy would mean that if I wanted to push it, I could do a whole lot more. But that wasn’t how it worked. Once 200 became easy, 300 was still a challenge; my stamina seemed to drop off quickly after I hit my peak. So, I learned to push it further and further every time. Now, 1,000 in a day was just about my practical ceiling, just because it took so much time out of the day, and that was why I added weight. And that brought me down and made the quantity more realistic; but soon, my body acclimated to that as well. And so the lesson of course is that we want to continue to find ways to INCREASE the challenges in our environment over time. Once your mind or body acclimate to your lifestyle, crank it up a notch to keep the growth going.
Now, just a few words on why anyone should ever subject themselves to discomfort in the order of what I’m talking about here.
My philosophy, or rather, the ancient philosophy to which I subscribe, is that ‘if we’re not growing, we’re dying.’ This world has gravity, and it pulls us to the ground, it pulls us downward into our graves. To overcome that natural inertia and gravity requires effort.
I believe that ‘the challenges make the man.’ And I believe physical toughness is the source of most mental, emotional, and spiritual strength and resilience. I believe in maximizing our quality time and enjoying more thoroughly the lives that we have been given. And I also believe in taking the road less travelled and in leading by example. And we can’t do that from the sidelines. We can’t do it from the couch.
When one thinks of civilization, or of the Church – whichever one is more important to you – one has to imagine that in life, every day, we’re being presented with a choice: a choice to get on the front lines and be pillars and stones that support and hold these institutions up, or we can take the apathetic approach – the one more and more people seem to be taking these days. These people either sit on the sidelines, or they actively work to dismantle these institutions.
Well, carrying concealed and being a guardian is a very good example of where we see these two forces converge in battle. Not only is carrying a concealed force multiplier an excellent exercise and discipline for any man or woman, but concealed carry is an institution in itself. And while I think it’s wonderful to see women carry concealed, because they need a defensive equalizer more than most men do, I do believe that men are called to be warriors. I believe we men are called to be hard in mind and body and will. And to be hard requires discipline. It requires sacrifice. It requires DOING when we don’t have to. And it requires shrugging off all the excuses we have for not doing and digging deep for those tiny shreds of reasoning that tell us we should do.
So. If this is motivating for you, then get busy here in 2018 taking the acclimation concept seriously, by challenging yourself. Remind yourself: “I am what I am because of my environment. And how I am right now – this is what my environment produces. And unless I change that environment by adding challenges, *I* will never change. But the moment I do add those challenges… and after I stick with those challenges for long enough time… I WILL see improvement as my mind and body adapt and acclimate. I will. Pat promises. Natural Law promises.”
Make your challenges. Make them accessible and realistic and gradual enough so they don’t shock or discourage you and do what very few people in this country seem capable of doing anymore: sticking with them, whether you’re tired, sick, or bored. Stick with them. And you will never regret it.