Do The Work

Stop complaining and do the work. The rest will follow.

Nothing can beat the art of simply doing the work. The process of dedicating oneself to achieving an objective despite the obstacles and roadblocks that come. The ability to dig-in your heels and commit, even when you don’t feel like it, to keeping the bigger picture in mind.

Side note: simply doing the work will require something even bigger from you. It will require you to know and understand your ‘why’. (more on this another time)

Working out is a part of my routine and to be honest there are days when I truly don’t feel like doing it. I’m tired, worn down or just not in the mood. On those days I negotiate with myself; I make prevalent in my mind my ‘why’ for working out and then I make a deal with the devil (aka myself) to go and stop mid-workout if I still don’t want to be there. Not once have I stopped.

There’s no fanfare waiting for me at the gym. And no one would be the wiser if I decided to no longer go. However, I’ve learned that with working out, as in life, there is no substitute for doing the actual work.

Oftentimes it’s easy to complain about the energy and efforts required to do a task, especially when we have to adhere to the standards or requirements of someone else, but, on observation, you’ll find that the time spent complaining would have been better spent actually doing the work. And if you decide you don’t want to adhere to someone else’s standards or requirements then do the work necessary to change your situation so you don’t have to.

Either way, do the work.

As humans we tend to seek out acknowledgement and yearn to receive recognition for our accomplishments.

We crave extraordinary results but we fail to put in what is required to get them.

Sometimes we approach tasks, goals and jobs with the end picture of adoration and acknowledgement we’d like to achieve at the forefront of our mind. Thoughts like “once I achieve this they’ll respect me,” or “I’ll show them” dance through our heads. We fail to realize when we do this we start out with a spirit of competition and a feeling of not-enoughness tainting the foundation of our endeavor. When you do anything in life with the end goal of recognition and acknowledgement as your sole motivating factors it is doomed before it starts.

If you simply put forth the attention to detail, dedication, focus, determination and drive required, day-in and day-out, to do the work, you can be assured the rest will follow.

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” ~Dwayne Johnson