On one hand, Uncle Ben’s rule makes great sense: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
The essence of the rule is that once you have great power, you need to take the responsibility that goes with it.
And yet, it’s backfiring.
It’s backfiring because so many walk away from their great power. They walk away because they don’t want the responsibility.
We have the power to vote, but decide to stay home and whine.
The power to publish, but click instead.
The power to lead, but follow meekly.
The power to innovate, but ask for rules of thumb instead.
The power to lend a hand, but walk away.
Most people will scold you for your passion for fitness. Most people will say, “Oh yeah, I know Rick, he does CrossFit. He’s crazy! Those workouts are so XYZ!” You fill in the blank. Some people think it’s so hard, others say it’s too dangerous, and others believe it’s a fad and it is annoying to hear us talk about it.
But what you have is a leg up on those people who are either too scared, too misinformed, or just plain stubborn to try it out. Why a leg up? Because you are willing to take a chance on yourself and improve your life for the better. You are willing to take your health and fitness in your own hands and bring it to the next level because somewhere something told you, “YOU CAN”.
Now you hold the responsibility as a leader. You are a health and fitness leader no matter how fit you believe you are or are not. You know that the functional exercises that you perform and the focus you have on your nutrition (even if its not always perfect) is a shining example to those that haven’t seen the light yet.
Those people might even be you spouses, your kids, or you coworkers. They might think you’re “out of your mind” but at the same time you’re showing them what is possible, what should be celebrated, and what will have a lasting positive effect on many, if not all, aspects of your life. The lessons you learn from the hard work you put in the gym will teach you more about yourself then most activities ever will.
So, with great power comes great responsibility – and in this case, the power of your keen understanding of your own health & fitness. Use this not to intimidate others, and especially not to shame those that haven’t yet given it a chance. But, rather use it to lead from the front. To be the friendly neighborhood “Spiderman” to their “citizen in distress”. They need it more than they will probably ever know whether they praise you for it or they despise you for it.