Do YOU have what it takes?
Let me save you some time and just let you know now, the answer is yes.
Now, you might be asking yourself, how do you know what I have, or do I have what it takes to do what?
It doesn’t matter.
You see, we all have our own circumstances, challenges, and limitations we have to push through. All of us. So it’s not a question of whether or not you will have setbacks or even what they are, it’s really a matter of what you do to push through them that will ultimately determine your success.
Take a few moments and think about something you wish you could accomplish that you are just certain will never happen. Now, ask yourself why. What is your reason? Lack of money? Lack of support? Lack of time? Lack of opportunity? Lack of skill? Lack of knowledge? Lack of… what?
No matter what it is you feel is the reason holding you back from your success, I’m willing to bet we can find someone who has already accomplished it in spite of that same reason (excuse). Oh, and by the way, did you notice that most excuses start with listing off what we don’t have versus what we do have? We’ll talk about that another day.
So what’s the difference? How is it that some people can push through those circumstances and others can’t? The difference is how badly someone wants it and what they are willing to do to reach their goal. All of us have the same potential to do amazing things – the difference is that some of us choose to believe it, while others do not.
We are constantly bombarded with messages of instant gratification with little to no effort – claiming it’s all in the name of efficiency. Siri – “look this up, call this person, text mom, tell me where to go.” Online shopping – delivered in 2 hours or less, order right from the app! Fresh meals prepared and delivered – just pop in the microwave! Want to get skinny – take this pill! Want a bigger house, bigger car – get a bigger loan.
My point is this – whenever we meet a struggle we can’t fix with the click of a button, we panic. Anything that calls for hard work, patience or uncomfortable change, we typically give up even before we start because just the idea of putting forth so much effort is too overwhelming.
I work with people everyday who want to lose weight, who want to become healthier. Unfortunately, what they are looking for is a magic formula – and sorry, folks. It doesn’t exist.
Everyday I hear things like:
“It’s too hard.”
“I can’t do this.”
“I miss my favorite foods.”
“I hate working out.”
“I don’t have time to work out.”
“I just want to enjoy my vacation.”
“I just want to have fun when I’m out.”
“I can’t give up ________.”
“I deserve to eat ________.”
“It’s not worth it to me….”
“I can’t afford to eat healthy.”
“It’s not my fault…”
Friends, let me be brutally honest with you here, because you deserve to hear it. Those are not reasons, those are excuses. Many of which I told myself for YEARS. It’s time to face each one of them for what they are and PUSH THROUGH THEM.
You must decide that fitting in with your friends is no longer worth feeling miserable in your closet. You must decide that no matter how amazing that cheesecake tastes, it’s not worth setting your weight loss goals back another 5 days. You must decide that YOU are worth the time it takes to exercise instead of mindlessly surfing social media or catching up on netflix. You must decide that healthy food expenses take priority over eating out, brand name clothes or other non-essentials. You must decide how badly you really want it.
No matter what it takes. No matter how long it takes. No matter how uncomfortable it gets.
Then, and only then, will you find the success you so desperately long for and your only regret will be that you didn’t push yourself sooner.