Just got back recently got back from Thailand, met some new people, caught up with some old friends and new friends. A regular topic of conversation is how I look ( I never bring it up ). People want to know how long I train, what I do, where I do it, do I get more attention from girls, does it make life easier etc etc
I've been training long before attention on social media - which is why so many people seem to do it these days. People 'need to see' your workout, your diet, how good you look. This is not a sustainable reason to want to do something.
People who I have met that have 'made it' in their chosen field. Whether they are financially, emotionally, spiritually rich. 99% percent of the time it has come from passion and consistent work. Not because they sought approval or attention of others.
If their is one thing I know , its body and lifestyle transformations , whether they are 8 weeks or 8 years, complete overhauls or just 'leveling up'. To become good or even great at what I do. Like anything it has taken hours and hours mastering my craft, learning , growing, assessing and changing and lots of sacrifice and discipline.
At this point in my life I have gone from having almost no control , to being focused and committed to what I want and who I am. Do I have every facet of life mastered... not even close. At what I do, would I call myself a master?
No, because I believe you never stop learning.
So what ever you want to do - theres going to be an x time , an x-effort, an x-sacrifice. The x-time is going to pass anyway. You just need to figure out if the thing you want is worth the all three x's. If its something you think about daily, an obsession even. Then its worth it.
Once you've decided what you want, does the universe just open the gates and give you access to everything you desire. No, sometimes you need patience, try a different gate, sometimes just even jump the damn gate. Its going to hard, its going to test you, its going to challenge you. But this is how if you learn whether its for you or not. You never ever ever quit.
So sure it would be easy not to do the work, not to make the sacrifice, not go through added stresses, not to spend hours on personal development. But you no what else is not easy - being broke, over weight, unhappy, tired, bored, unfulfilled.
These are the by products of ignoring those 'gut feelings' of what you know you should be doing and settling for average.
If what your doing is hard, but its what you want to do, then just do it hard.
Ill leave you with this
“You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle…
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
― Steve Jobs