If you’ve ever given up on your goal of losing weight, I want you to know something, it’s not only attainable but it’s attainable by you and it’s something you can keep forever! There are a few quotes that have stayed with me for years and I believe to be of the most valuable known for human success and personal esteem. The first of them is this, by Zig Ziglar: “Quitters never win, and winners never quit!” Now, you can’t be simpler than that. While it may seem like common sense on the surface, and while I once believed that pretty much everyone understood this concept; I now know, at the age of 40, that the majority of people do not. They truly are hardcore quitters. I’d say anywhere from 70 to 80% of folks are quitters. I’ve witness so much over the years of my adult life and having studied business for about 6 years, it’s become pretty obvious that this is indeed the case. While I am personally able to accomplish just about anything I set my mind to and have known the importance of “stick-to-it-iveness” since college, I’ve also watched so many others fail time and time again. What they don’t see is that it’s quitting, in a sense, that’s the biggest problem. No one ever said that anything worth accomplishing would be easy, and in fact we hear just the opposite all the time; that it takes time, devotion and dedication and that the best things can oft be the toughest to achieve.
This leads nicely into the next quote: “The difference between a big shot and a little shot is that a big shot’s just a little shot that kept on shooting.” -Zig Ziglar. It’s normal to make mistakes and very normal to do things the wrong way for a while. So, suck it up, learn and move forward.
The third quote is by Calvin Coolidge, these words were eternal, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” What can I say? It’s pretty straight forward.
The fourth is by VonGoethe, sometimes attributed to Bruce Lee possibly because Bruce was well read and had publicly quoted VonGoethe at some point. At any rate, here it is, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.” You see, many people know quite a bit about fitness and indeed they often know a lot about how to eat. The reality is that they simply don’t apply the knowledge through actions. Doing this alone will already set you apart.
Last one is also by Ziglar and every bit as important:
“When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.”
Everyone thinks that they’re being tough on themselves when it’s just the opposite. You hear it all the time, “I’m so hard on myself, blah, blah, blah…” Listen, if the job’s not getting done, you’re being too easy, WAY too easy!
There are mountains to be overcome in life, but that’s just it, they’re supposed to be overcome, not everlasting. Once we’ve done that, we actually begin a new stage in our minds and lives. A stage of “self-actualization” and fulfillment that means that we can maintain a certain level of control, self-control and accomplishment almost without even thinking about it, or without much effort. But, that’s never reached by most because they don’t put themselves through the “fire” enough to get there. They’re both unwilling to suffer and they’re afraid of it simultaneously! Yet, it’s only a kind of test… albeit a long one sometimes, it’s still just a test. Once we’ve gotten to the other side, we always know it.
To conclude, think of this. Fitness, as people go, could easily be said to be the most valued thing in our culture. Why? Because it’s rare. It’s incredibly tough to attain by most (not really, but they’re convinced so) and because it means we’re in good health and respected by others, even employers. We’re given top spot. And, people, even if at a subconscious level, respect the hard work we’ve done to get there, pure and simple. What’s more valuable, a trophy for a 3rd grade team sport (in which everyone gets one), or a single Olympic gold medal? Dumb question with an obvious answer, right!? Do you know the work these young guys and gals go through to get to that level?? So, here’s my question to you? For so much in life that you will get back, doesn’t it make sense that the fitness road is going to be one of the tougher and longer roads you have traveled? So, are you going to be a part of the overwhelming vast majority who lay down and cry about how something feels to you or not finding the “time”? Or, are you going to be one of the rare few out there willing to toe-the-line and own this thing? Stop trying to make decisions and realize that they’ve already been made for you!
Don’t give up, stick to it and be tenacious, patient and persistent, apply what you learn and at least be hard enough on yourself to make progress! Do that… and you’ll go far!