BASS ACKWARDS: Expecting success without doing what success demands

I have been thinking a lot about financial things lately and principals of finance are in so many ways the same as the principals of fitness. The way you get into debt is the same way you get fat. Simply put, the problem is rooted in choosing something of minimal value now over something of great value in the future. The value of deciding to give into an unhealthy craving now or choosing to slump into a couch to watch T.V. is limited to the moment the eating or lounging takes place then it’s value is gone. Being fit and healthy, on the other hand, has a compounded value. Not only will you look better, feel better and live longer but because of those things every aspect of your life will be better. Good choices open doors to make more choices. Bad choices limit your ability to choose and progress.

I have never heard this quote before today but it is a new favorite:

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.”

– Margaret Young

It is the same with weight loss. Striving for what you want without doing what is required guarantees failure. Why do bogus “fad” diets and silly infomercial contraptions make up a multi-billion dollar industry? It’s because so many of us want results without doing what is necessary.

I watch Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. It’s a program that inspires me in my weight loss journey. The second or third episode James, a morbidly obese man with a love for football meets Nate Newton & Michael Irvine, both 3 time Superbowl champs.

The first words of advice Newton gives James is:

“It’s where you are willing to go. It’s what you are willing to do.”

Irvine follows up with:

“Sometimes you have to understand this game out here and why only a few can play it. [It’s] because it demands more than most are willing to give.”

Behind every great achievement is a sacrifice equally great. With that in mind, in order to achieve success there are 2 questions I have to ask myself:

What do I want to accomplish? 
& more importantly
What am I willing to sacrifice to achieve it?

Wanting something is not enough no matter how much you want it. Wanting must turn into doing if it is ever going to change our being.

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