“Environmentalist: one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment.”
– Merriam-Webster Dictionary
I hate working out at home, it takes too much discipline. No matter where I exercise, there’s always some form of distraction within arms reach: Netflix, Minecraft, Reddit, etc… Ninety-nine percent of the time I quit my routine to waste time with one of these diversions. Since I already know that my home is a bad work out environment, I always go to the gym. You can find me there five days a week.
At the gym there are no distractions. My phone never comes in with me, and I have nothing to do but focus on my lifts. When I feel like “I’ve done well enough” and can call it quits, I look over at the super ripped old dudes and remember that they warm up with my max outs. Realizing how comparatively weak I am helps drive me to put in extra work.
Likewise, whenever I feel smart I go hang out with super nerds. I do this for two reasons: because it reminds me that I’m still a moron; and because, whenever I hang out those guys, I learn something. I’ve also been trying to befriend as many successful people as I can, so that I can be positively influenced by them.
I know dudes who do nothing but play video games and complain about how much their lives suck. Don’t get me wrong they’re cool dudes and are fun to loaf around with, but compared to them I’m the smartest and most ambitious guy on Earth. Hanging out with them would boost my ego like no other and I’d eventually stop trying to improve myself, figuring that “I’d done well enough.” Because of this, I avoid spending time with them.
You are the product of your surroundings. If you want to change yourself, you must change your environment. And to do so, you’ll need to make sacrifices as well as additions.