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Where does our personal strength and energy come from?

The will to power

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Nietzsche’s theory is:

All of our power is derived from our WILL to power.

The will to BECOME STRONGER, the will to gain ascendancy over all space, and the will to assimilate everything inside our bodies.

Essentially Nietzsche’s notion was this:

All biological organisms desire to become stronger, augment itself, and to propagate itself [indefinitely].

This is why we seek tools, servants, money, food, resources, land, and this is why we have children [to propagate our genes for the future]. Kind of similar to the notion of the ‘Selfish Gene’, but with more nuance. People often equate ‘selfish’ with ‘evil’. I would probably call it the ‘healthy gene’. Genes which are healthy WISH and desire to become more, and to propagate. A gene that doesn’t wish to propagate — isn’t this a key indicator of sickness, and unwellness?

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Biology

We humans are a biological being and animal. Certainly we have an innate and instinctual desire to move, to procure more, to consume more, and to become more. If we didn’t have this trait embedded inside ourselves, we would have certainly perished a long time ago, and we wouldn’t have become masters of the earth.

Hormesis

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Hormesis:

The biological function in which a small dose of poison, pain, stress is BENEFICIAL to us [makes us stronger].

For example consider that coffee/caffeine is a poison. In small doses, a cup of coffee INVIGORATES us. Why? We are having an adrenaline response from that small dose of poison.

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Same goes with the invigorating and stimulating effects of intermittent fasting, cold exposure [taking ice cold showers], thermal irregularities [the upside of hot weather, sweating, and saunas], and also perhaps the benefit of small doses of alcohol.

Thus perhaps in order to TRIGGER ourselves to action, we NEED:

  1. We need hunger [hunger as a motivating force]
  2. We NEED to feel ‘restless’ [desire to move, lift weights, explore]. Hyper-activity in children as a good trait.
  3. We need ambition: Without a burning desire to acquire more, accumulate more, become more, we will just become content cows.
  4. External stimuli: Other people, music, or sounds. I know that personally speaking, when I listen to music with a strong bassline, it gets me moving and going!

What is ‘strength’?

There are different forms of strength. For example, we have our physical strength [how strong your muscles are… how heavy a weight can you lift?]

Then we have the strength of our willpower.

Thus it seems that strength is both physical and mental. And my theory is this:

Physical power is mental power.

Meaning — you need physical power MORE than you need mental power. Without physical power, you cannot have mental power (as mental power and physical power is the same). But I prefer to think about physical power, because we can actually measure physical power (we cannot measure mental willpower).

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Furthermore, it is evident that in order to have mental willpower, you need physical power. For example, when you have more physical power, you have more mental power. When you get 8-10+ hours of sleep, of course you will have more strength to pursue whatever mental or artistic activities you desire.

How do we build physical power?

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  1. Challenging our bodies by attempting to lift heavier weights
  2. Eating lots of meat and protein [after lifting weights]
  3. Rest & recovery [this is essential].
  4. Time
  5. Practice

How do we build mental power?

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It seems that building our mental willpower is:

Having indomitable self-belief and desire in whatever you desire to do.

Also sometimes we say some people don’t have enough ‘willpower’, but I think this line of thinking is misguided. Why? You cannot force someone to have the willpower to pursue something they don’t care about. To truly awaken your inner-giant, you need to pursue a monstrous task that you care about.

Conclusion

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Simple formula:

  1. Build your physical power [by building your physical power, you will also build your mental willpower].
  2. Only pursue ends and things in life you truly care about.
  3. Build an insane-level of self-confidence and brazenness in whatever you pursue; not caring so much about the feedback from reality. It seems this kind of ‘ego-mania’ is necessary to attempt insane things.

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