Hard work pays off.
Any reward or goal in life that has value will require you to work hard to get it.
Do you want to change your body? It takes hard work.
Do you want to change your mindset? It takes hard work.
Do you want to take your passion and turn it into a business that makes you real money? It takes hard work.
Do you want to build a long-term relationship with your significant other? It takes hard work.
Hard Work Cannot Be Ignored
So I have been in the fitness game for 12 years now as a professional.
One of the most common questions I am asked is “How long will it take for me to see results?”
The answer is always the same: it all depends on how hard you work for it.
If you put in the proper work with your training, diet, and recovery, you will be on your way to building a phenomenal body.
If you put in the proper work with building your business you will be on your way to making money with what you are passionate about.
But one of the main problems in today’s world is that many folks want something for nothing.
The Tale Of The Tape (Lonnie Lifts)
So in one corner we have Lonnie Lifts and in the other corner we have Danny Dango.
They are both of a similar genetic make-up. They are both very excited about where a progressive training program could take them in terms of results.
Lonnie Lifts is the classic hard worker. He trains 3 to 5 days per week and he never misses a session unless he is sick or has an emergency.
If he does miss the session he immediately reschedules it because he does not want to fall behind in his progression.
In the gym and on the track Lonnie works hard.
He has bad days in the gym like everybody else, but he never gives up and he never gives in. He accepts that their is some bad that comes with the good.
At the table Lonnie has worked hard and learned about the importance of a balanced diet and meal timing.
He does not show up to the gym with horse manure in his system. He focuses on his recovery when he is finished training and does not skimp on his post-workout nutrition.
Lonnie also prioritizes getting quality sleep every day and keeping his stress levels low. He does not turn a molehill into a mountain.
The Tale Of The Tape (Danny Dango)
The second contender is Danny Dango.
Danny is the classic slacker. He aims to work out 4-5 days per week but you can absolutely guarantee he will skip 1-3 workouts every single week.
Danny does not bother to immediately reschedule his workout. He always says “I’ll do it tomorrow” but tomorrow never happens.
In the gym and on the track Danny gives an inconsistent effort.One of the main problems in today's world is that many folks want something for nothing. Click To Tweet
When he is motivated he can be a beast, but him being motivated is just as rare as a Phit Vixen with a real butt, no liposuction, and no Photoshop.
When the workout gets tough he will quit.
And when he feels the pain during a tough set of squats he instantly racks the bar. Danny’s favorite term during a training session is “No Mas.”
At the table Danny thinks that he is “eating right.” But a pre-made breakfast sandwich and 32oz of orange juice from a local convenience store is nowhere near a high quality meal.
He rarely makes the time to cook so he never knows what is actually in his food.
On multiple occasions he has had bad workout nutrition or he has skipped his workout nutrition completely.
Hard Work Pays Off
So after a few years Lonnie could enter a natural bodybuilding competition or even a raw powerlifting meet if he chose to.
Lonnie is strong and muscular because he worked hard for it! Lonnie is a fine example of how hard work pays off.
At the end of a few years Danny Dango only has one question: “How come I am not as strong and lean as Lonnie?”
The answer to Danny’s question is very easy: he did not work as hard as Lonnie.
I always say that I can train 20 people and get 20 different outcomes.
I do my best as a motivator and coach in this game to get folks to respond and to unleash their inner greatness.
The majority of people respond and get better. As a coach there is no greater feeling than getting someone to believe in themselves.
While most people respond, the reality is that not everyone’s heart is not really in it even if Ray Lewis himself was doing the pep talk.
The bottom line is that the people in life who are committed to success and have the true will to win will always rise above.
The people who are not truly committed will not see the results they were looking for.
My main man Jazmane Jenkins always tells me “The cream always rises to the top baby!”
As a result the folks you see who are serious and have put years into living this beautiful lifestyle are the ones who have the results to show for it.As a coach there is no greater feeling than getting someone to believe in themselves. Click To Tweet
So, what is hard work?
It is hard work to run sprints in the middle of the summer at the track.
It is harder work to run hill sprints in the middle of summer.
It is hard work to avoid certain foods in order to reach your physique goal.
It is hard work to come back from a devastating injury.
It is hard work to train hard when you are physically and mentally spent.
It is hard work to rise from the bucket in the squat when your legs and back are cooked.
It is hard work to get back in the fitness game after 10 to 20 years of no activity.
It is hard work to gain muscle as a naturally skinny man or woman.
It is hard work to lose fat as a naturally fat man or woman.
It is hard work to have folks around you who do not understand or support you on your fitness journey.
It is hard work to have confidence in the face of Ned Naysayers everywhere.
It is hard work to work through certain relationship issues.
It is hard work to get your business off the ground.
It is hard work to completely change your lifestyle.
The work is hard but the work is completely worth it. You being happy and reaching your goals is dependent on that consistent, hard work.
It takes hard work to become great and have success.
If it was easy, then everyone would have a flat stomach, a positive mindset, a fat bank account, and my words would mean nothing.
You have to continue to work hard for your health and also for your business.
It will be hard to reach your goals, but it will be the most rewarding thing that you ever do for yourself.
Hard work pays off.
I’ll holla at you next time.
The People’s Trainer,