But it’s incredible how many people bitch and whine about why they can’t do something. Why they can’t eat right, lose weight, run faster, lift more, study more, work harder, whatever. No matter what suggestion is made to these people about how they can change their ways, it makes no difference. They have decided in their own minds that what they want is unattainable.
Reality check: If you cannot commit to getting something no matter what, you don’t really want it.
Assuming you sleep 8 hours a night (which you should), you have 960 minutes left in your day, or 16 hours. If you only dedicated 60 of those minutes to working on your goal every single day, you’d still have 900 minutes, or 15 hours, left to fill up with other things. The problem is not that you don’t have time. The problem is you don’t know how to apply yourself and stick to an organized schedule. You cannot really want something but not really want to get it. You’re contradicting yourself. If you really want something, you will do what it takes to get it. That’s how you distinguish between the things you do want and the things you don’t want in life.
When I was a kid, if I saw some toy I wanted from the store, I worked until I could get it. I’d mow yards, collect pop bottles and aluminum cans and trade them in for money, or offer to help someone clean up for a dollar or two. Over time and with a lot of patience, what I wanted would finally be mine. It didn’t always come right away, but it would come to me eventually, and I can tell you right now that you wouldn’t have seen anyone more proud of themselves than I would be at that moment. Most of the time, I didn’t get stuff from my parents, or friends, or the rest of my family. I earned it through working. Now that I am older, things are even harder to get, but still possible. The same principle applies – I cannot get where I want to be by sitting around and making excuses for myself. I can only do whatever I can to get it.
That’s how it is with anything in life. Nothing is going to come right away, and if you’re looking for a quick-fix for everything, you’re not going to find it and you might as well just give up now if you insist on keeping the same attitude. If life wasn’t challenging, we’d all grow bored. If it was so easy to get a good body, a nice house, a great job, and a hot spouse, we’d all be walking around dressed in silk suits, driving Ferraris and coming home to a warm milk bath. Unless you’re stupid lucky enough to win the lottery, you’re going to have to work for every cent you earn. And even then life will still have its struggles; some more than others, but struggles nevertheless.
And it’s not just about money. It’s about everything in life. Your body, relationships, possessions, your dreams. Nothing is attained by sitting around. Things can only be accomplished through believing in yourself and pushing forward.
Life isn’t always going to be everything you expect it to be. But you gotta suck it up and stick it out. The only other option you have is to go sky diving without a parachute. It’s up to you, but I’d rather be collecting pennies and going for a jog outside if I couldn’t afford a gym than sitting around on a couch, crying about my boring life and how it isn’t fair that I have to work for my successes.
Be glad you even have a life. So many people have wanted to live theirs and were denied the opportunity. Live yours, without excuses, and with less worry. Just take a breath, grit your teeth, smile, and keep truckin’.
Good things come to those that wait, but better things come to those that work their asses off.
Eat for growth, train for strength, live for the MOMENT.