Do the Work

At the beginning of the school year, my nephew BJ was awarded the title scholar of the week for two weeks in a row. As you can imagine, we were all excited for him. Watching his confidence soar, and seeing him become diligent about doing his work was great. As the weeks went on, BJ soon realized that there was a reward waiting on the other side of his completed assignments.

No matter what was going on, or what was being asked of him, he always answered with the phrase, “I do my work.”  Not needing to be grammatically correct, he associated doing his work with a reward.

Unfortunately, our microwave culture has led us to believe that we can have whatever we want, hot, ready and NOW. Little to no work required.

We want to drop our bodies off at the gym and pick them up when they’re ready as if they are coming straight from the build-a-bear workshop. We want to quick-fix our lives, our credit, and a lifetime of poor decisions, all within seven days. I’m here to tell you, it’s not going to happen.

You deserve more than a “hot-pocket” life. If you want “it”- the body, the marriage, the money, the life, you are going to have to remove all the distractions and do the damn work.

The quote, “What belongs to you shall come to you,” originates from the spiritual origins of karma, but I believe we must take it one step further. What belongs to you shall come to you, but not without doing the work.

In order to win, you have to pay the winning price. In other words, you are going to have to eliminate the distractions, the addictions, the people, and the places that keep you from achieving success. You are going to have to get up earlier, stick to a daily schedule, and become obsessed with your own success. Get out of your own way. The price of success is high, and we pay for it by doing the work.

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