Monday, February 6, 2012

The Longest Way is a Short Cut

"One of the most common obstacles to success is the desire to cut corners. But short cuts never pay off in the long run. If you find that you continually give in to your moods or impulse, then you need to change your approach to doing things. Cutting corners is really a sign of impatience and poor self-discipline. But if you are willing to follow through, you can achieve a breakthrough. The best method is to set up standards for yourself that require accountability. Any time you suffer a consequence for not following through, it helps you stay on track. Once you have your standards in place, work according to them, not your moods. That will get you going in the right direction. Self-discipline is a quality that is won through practice." Failing Forward

There is not magic pill - there is no quick fix or "over night" success. The things that are worth having in life take time and dedication.

You want to go to The CrossFit Games?

  • be consistent in your workouts

  • work your weaknesses a lot

  • put in the time on the "court"

  • show up when your tired, sore, "don't feel like it"

  • recover: sleep and drink water - there are no short cuts here either!

  • eat clean - limit cheats

  • no, you can't have alcohol 3x a week and perform

  • believe, there is NO such thing as a bad workout - no matter what you learned something

  • visualize - meditate - do SOMETHING to get your mind right with you goal

You want a promotion at work?

  • be consistent with your duties no matter what they are

  • perfect the things you ARE in charge of

  • put in the time - ever heard of the 10,000 hour rule?

  • show up and perform - tired, hungover, "don't feel like it" and with a good attitude

  • know where you stand and respect your position

  • learn - even wrong actions are better than in-action!

You want a serious relationship?

  • be consistent in your actions (no crazy girl on date 2)

  • admit your weaknesses

  • put in the time

OK OK OK you get the point!

The truth is that every over night success was EARNING that success for the last decade! Madonna didn't become "Madonna" with the release of your first single "Everybody".

For every goal - for every stage of maturation - there is a process. The secret is learning to enjoy that process. Opening your mind to realize what each and every "bad workout" teaches you along the way. Gains are received from putting in the effort - your best effort!

The true joy is to be found in the process of growth that occurs during the striving.

“When you’re green you’re growing. When you’re ripe you rot.” -Ray Kroc

My wish is to stay "green" - keep learning - realize my frustrations are my weaknesses and grow!

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