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Want to change the world? Become an Evolutionary!

In our present era, it is without restraint that we uphold revolutionary ideals within ourselves. And every time the earth circles the sun, we habitually plan a revolution while we sit in gluttonous safety, daydreaming of what could be. It is a repeated cycle that feels as old as time, but is only a symptom of us bipedal mammals living in artificially constructed city centers. Has a dog ever come up with 3 things it wants to improve in the new year? No. It fuels temporary hope, but few succeed in overthrowing their present scheme.

New Year resolutions, although well intended, are the equivalent of poorly planned revolutions. Even small rebel groups, facing horrible odds, had better chances. They, at least, had a plan, built momentum and a following, and were willing to die for it. Us? We have a rough plan and are looking reshape our lives with discipline we’ve never had. Even further, we mortgage our future selves to justify our present vices. A debt swiftly defaulted. And when we look at our personal life and at society as a whole, revolutions do exist, but their occurrence is rare, except maybe in France. Even the internet, which through faded memory, we assume took the world by storm almost immediately; took over 30 years to develop. It was created in the 1960’s but needed the infrastructure to scale the technology. Then, by the 90’s, the tech boom reshaped the entire world… “overnight”. It was a revolution! Or at least, in memory it seemed like it.

Now, my dear readers, let me ask you to join the true resistance and become an Evolutionary! To ditch the phantasm of a quick, radical toppling of the status quo and pick up a new pair of running shoes and….walk. Even in the sciences, we understand radical change takes, radical time, with a couple of exceptions. Many people gain weight over 10 years, then want to lose it in 3 months. Many wastes most of their time on trivial things, then want to accomplish something monumental in 6 months. So, the answer to all our slow negative changes is always a fast, radical change. Like someone who’s been bedridden for years, deciding to run a marathon.

Evolutionaries don’t reject that revolutions can’t happen or that they aren’t necessary in certain cases, only that small positive changes stacked through consistency is way more common. It takes over a decade to hit puberty, then another decade to reach our full height, then by 25 our brain is “fully” developed. No biohacking will change this, it's programmed into our genes.

So, before we sprint, let us walk. Warren Buffet captured this truism in business when he was asked, “Why don’t more people just copy what you do?” He replied, “Because nobody wants to get rich slowly.” The Japanese have a word for this, Kaizen. Slow continuous change. Consistency is key, but since the change is slow so it is easier to adopt, but harder to notice results. We are adapting, not overthrowing. We use our current momentum to our advantage and shift our weight to move at a shifted angle rather than: stop, lift, turn, set, and push forward. The laws of physics are behind us.

When I was 23 I got acid reflux for the first time. I was used to being bullet proof so it caught me off guard. I was always active, played sports my whole life, and was considered the skinny friend in most of my cliques. This was the first time I looked into becoming “healthier.” After hitting the interwebs it seemed that I was consuming an overly acidic diet. I didn’t even know what that meant, but I downed multiple sodas a day and ate lots of spicy and processed foods. So, instead of taking a medication, I went on a fast (recommended by certain people for this ailment) then decided I was going to cut out soda out of my diet. That was my only goal, everything else stayed the same. Instead of soda with a refill at lunch, I got club soda with a splash of lemonade for some sweetness. By 25, I was starting to work out occasionally. By 27, I decided one meal a week I would eat 1 meal of vegetables and fruits only.

At 29 I tried intermittent fasting (where you don’t eat for at least 16 hours of a day, or you skip breakfast) and loved it so much I adopted it into my lifestyle. At 30, I switched my work out to the 5 by 5, to cover the compound Olympic lifts. And by 32, I started cutting out processed foods. By 34, I had cut out most foods with ingredients that sound like pharmaceuticals. As of right now, I am 36 and am in better shape than I was in all my 20’s. I still don’t drink soda, I work out regularly, and have a diet of actual food, among many other things. That’s 13 years of small consistent, continual improvement. That’s a true Evolutionary.

I didn’t have perfect knowledge or discipline on day 1, but I shifted my habits as I grew. And now that I have achieved a decade-long run of improved results, I have the internal infrastructure to have a “revolution” in my health than when I was 23. For example, It is much more likely that I would train for and complete an iron man now, than when I was 23. Stacked, small, consistent changes on top of each other and you have the law of compounding interest behind you; which is something Albert Einstein called, the 8th wonder of the world.

I am not sure how we even got to defaulting to revolutionary processes as our sole source of positive change when nearly all examples point to an evolutionary process. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your life. So if you want to change your life, change the world even, join me and become an Evolutionary!

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