My absolute favorite fitness vlogger is Emily Hayden and she said it best: “There are no rewards for doing the bare minimum.” Anytime someone asks me about competing, the topic of how much time I spend in the gym or doing cardio always seems to come up. While the compliments about dedication are so greatly appreciated, there is always a part of me that wants to just jump out and say something like “it comes with the territory.” Something that I learned very early on in my competitive life is this: you can have an overall goal and reward yourself when you reach it, but taking the steps to get there is just like a 9-5 job. You get in and get them done because the reward at the end is your pat on the back.
I’m writing this post to motivate you, and while it can come off negative, I want you to think about some of the things you are working towards. Are you in college trying to get your degree? Are you an artist trying to build your portfolio? No matter what, we all have something we are working towards and we all have end goals in mind, no matter how big or small.
Now imagine life if you had this huge goal and absolutely had no tools or steps to get there. How sad and boring would life be if no one had any resources but had these huge dreams? You would have all of this passion and desire and nowhere to put it into.
Imagine a world where the second you think you want something, you get it without even having to blink an eye.
Conversely, imagine a world where the second you think you want something, you get it without even having to blink an eye. You would have all of these things that you think you want but have no passion or desire for them.
And between those two extremes, you have this reality that we are currently in. You can have everything your heart desires, but you have to work for it. The good news is, you already have the resources that you need to reach your goals. You simply have to be resourceful with what you have.
I think we all get caught up in how many steps we have to take or even how hard we are working without getting anywhere. Either way you shake it, “the process” gets lost in us zoning in on the end goal. In reality “the process” is the best part; it makes your end goal more meaningful, but it also challenges you to grow as a person.
We all get caught up in how many steps we have to take to get to our goal. This can stop anyone dead in their tracks from even trying for something new and exciting. How self-defeating is it to have this passion for something and not honor yourself by trying to get there? Many people, if not everyone, have a fear of failure and this stops people from reaching their goals. Think about it this way, aren’t you failing yourself by not allowing yourself to go for what truly moves you as a person? Go for it. There is no such thing as failure if you are applying yourself.
You have to go through a process to get what you want out of life.
It is so easy to sit back and say “If I had a million dollars, I’d be happy.” But if that million dollars magically appeared in your life without you working for it, I’d be willing to bet you would not cherish it as much and you would be looking for the next thing to just have and not really have. Conversely, if you made a million dollars from a business you built from the ground up, that million dollars would have meaning to you.
The process is what makes you, not the end goal.
It is the 5am mornings in the gym. It is the late nights of writing papers. It is working multiple jobs to help your kids. It is choosing to bring a Tupperware of food to a restaurant so you can still spend time with friends at lunch.
People tend to get turned off of going for something, either because they are scared of failing or the process is too demanding. On top of that, you don’t get a cookie for doing the little things during the process. Those little things are required of you when you sign on to complete a goal. You especially don’t get a cookie when you complain about doing what is required of you. You stayed up late finishing a paper? Great, you were supposed to do that. You did your fasted cardio at 5am today? Awesome, the kid you’re competing against did it too. There are people out there with similar goals putting in the same things that are required of them, you are not special.
You lost 30 pounds and you learned to love yourself along the way? That is something that deserves a reward.
The reward is completing your goal, the rest is a journey that is hard work. If you want that goal, you have to show up every single day. Even when you don’t want to.
On the days you don’t want to, ask yourself what you want. Look at the big picture and then ask yourself what you need to do to get there. If the thing you don’t want to do in the current moment is one of those things, shut up and get going or find something else to strive for.
Do I want to be up at 5 am to do 45 minutes of cardio on an empty stomach? Nope. Do I want to eat 4oz chicken and brown rice for the 200th day in a row? Absolutely not. However, I signed on to be a competitive bodybuilder and I signed on to win, so those things are required of me.
Remember the process is what makes you, not your achievement. What happens during any journey? You work hard, you learn, and you make progress. You don’t wake up one morning and have your college degree, you had to complete years of classes. Within those classes, you had to do assignments to pass the class. In order to do the assignments, you had to read and go to class. See where this is going? Each class, each research paper, each assignment gave you something you didn’t know before. You built your knowledge and expanded your mind with the small things.
In the end, whatever goal you reach is just a trophy in your trophy case, a spot on a resume, or a piece of fancy paper. Don’t get me wrong, you worked hard for that and deserve it, but your journey to that point pushed you to be a better person.
So, the next time you have a goal in mind, and you get caught up in all of the steps to get there, think of this: that end point is just another milestone. You will gain so much more in the steps to get there than you will to actually reach the end point. Don’t hold back, keep your head down and mouth shut and get ready for one long, rewarding trip.
I believe in you. Do you believe in you?
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