It Only Works If You Do

There are so many different diet plans, training programs, fitness groups, self-help books, marketing gimmicks, and anything else under the sun, and they all claim to be the "best."

So many of us struggle to find the “right one,” and jump from one thing to another.  We wonder why we aren't getting the results we want.  We move from one program or product to the next, with little to no real commitment.  Whether we realize it or not, we are seeking instant gratification.

We want less work, more reward.  Less time, more results.  Less pain, more gain.

The quick fix. The magic pill. The “Secret.”

The problem with so many of the diet pills, training programs, self-help groups, etc, is that most, if not all, are temporary, short-term fixes.  They address the superficial issues at hand, hence why they are a quick fix.  We are able to experience that instant gratification.  And, because of that, we find ourselves looking for the next quick fix over and over again to relive that reward. It almost becomes an addiction. It’s why the health & fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar moneymaking machine!

Anything worth doing, with real long-term results, is really hard and takes a lot of time. We don’t like to hear that or admit it, but we also know it’s the truth.

Life only works if you do.

If you want something in life, it will require consistency and hard work over a long period of time. It will require resilience, adaptability, and patience. It will also demand intention and quality.

I am very lucky in many ways - I was adopted from South Korea when I was two by an awesome family, and it saved my life and my hearing (I had a severe double ear infection when I came to the States). I am married to my best friend, and we have three healthy and happy girls. On social media, I have a “perfect life.”

However, I am also very human and full of flaws. I do not have a high metabolism.  I do not naturally build muscle.  I was not born with any special gifts or "God-given" talents.  I am horrible at math. I can’t cartwheel on my right side, only my left. I have difficulty learning if it’s taught in auditory, like a lecture, I need visuals and demonstrations. I forget new names almost immediately after it’s been told to me. I have stretch marks and saggy skin from having three babies and fluctuating weight throughout my lifetime. I don't have a trust fund, and I definitely haven't won the Lottery.

That saying, "Hard works beats talent when talent doesn't work hard," has always resonated with me.

I used to get really irate when people told me "how lucky" I am.  I'm so lucky that I lost the baby weight.  I'm so lucky to be a stay-at-home mom and “not work.”  I'm so lucky I get to just workout all the time.  I'm so lucky I can do muscle ups.  I'm so lucky...

Now, I just take it as a compliment.  I must be doing something right if all of these people think I'm so lucky in life, right?! Clearly, all of the hard work that I'm putting in is paying off.  

That's the thing about hard work and success ~ Those who make it look easy are usually the ones who work the hardest behind the scenes.

The easier it looks on the outside, the harder they're working on the inside.

“The funny thing about luck is that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have!"

Keep chipping away, my friends. Keep working hard. Keep going. The results will take care of themselves if you continue to work on yourself. ;-)

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