As I was browsing Facebook the other day, I came across a picture of 2 cartoon characters digging through a mine. The first one had his pick in his hands and was still digging his way forward, hoping to find the diamonds that would make him rich, and the other was carrying his pick and walking away. What the second character didn’t realize that just a few more minutes of digging would have led him to millions of dollars worth of diamonds. He was just minutes away from changing his life, but instead he gave up too early.
When I saw this post, it really made me stop and think about how much this relates to people looking to get into great shape or become successful with a new business venture. I’ve been a Beachbody Coach for almost 3 and a half years now, and one of the most common things I witness is people giving up way too early. You’ve heard it before, but patience IS a virtue and is a key to success, but on top of that, you have to put in hard work, experience failure, learn how to adjust, and ALWAYS push forward! Your life is in your hands. You can change if you want to. It just takes some hard work and persistence on your behalf! No matter what, you can NEVER give up!
It’s interesting to watch the process of people starting P90X or even those in my P90X Challenge Groups. They look forward to day 1, can’t wait to get started, have never been this excited and so determined to accomplish something in their ENTIRE life, and have convinced themselves that NOTHING is going to stand in their way! They push through the first workout, Chest & Back, and suddenly reality hits them that this isn’t going to be easy. They might throw up, they WILL be sore for the next week and a half, but they are still motivated to continue through the entire 90 days, or so they thought. They finish week 1, sore as heck, and are still motivated, but not as much as when they started. Their desire to workout might be less than the previous week, but they still push through the workouts. 2 weeks roll by, they are still ridiculously sore, but now they are starting to get discouraged. Why? They feel they aren’t getting results quick enough. “Am I doing something wrong?”, “Does this even work?” starts going through their heads. They are tired, frustrated, start forming excuses to justify the reasons why they shouldn’t continue through the program. “The diet’s too hard,” “I don’t have the time,” “Skipping one workout isn’t going to hurt me,” “I can’t afford healthy food,” “I probably shouldn’t work out when I’m sore,” are all excuses that run through their minds, helping themselves feel better for what’s to come, and that’s for them to go back to their old lifestyle. For the next few weeks, they might commit 70%, but then it drops down to 50%, then 25%, until the point where they stop everything, go back to living unhealthy, feeling insecure about themselves once again. I know this happens because I witness it on a daily basis! What these people didn’t know was that another 2-4 weeks of committing themselves 100% and they would have started seeing steady results, but instead, they gave up too early.
The problem with our nation is that we live and thrive on instant gratification. Look at fast food. Why do people eat it even though there are studies showing they it’s absolutely TERRIBLE for you? It’s quick and easy to get. It’s convenient, right? The same goes for getting into shape. Everyone starts a program thinking that they will magically go from a sumo wrestler to an Abercrombie model in 2 weeks. I’ve got news for you, it doesn’t work that way! Results with fitness take consistency and hard work day in and day out! It involves pushing forward when you don’t feel like pushing forward anymore, working out when you’re tired, eating healthy even though every single person around you is eating greasy pizza, NOT MAKING EXCUSES, ADJUSTING when you hit a plateau, and truly believing that you can accomplish your goals! Who cares if it takes you a year to achieve what you want to accomplish, as long as you get there right? It absolutely baffles me to watch people go through the process of starting a program, losing motivation, and quitting within the same month. What they don’t understand is that the diamonds, their ideal fitness level, is right in front of them, and all they had to do was just push forward a little longer.
What about business ventures? The same is true. I’m a successful Team Beachbody Coach. I won the Top Beachbody Coach award in 2010, was #4 in the nation this past year, and have been an Elite Coach for the past 2 years, and it’s interesting to watch so many people join this business because they feel that they can get to where I’m at in a month. They believe that they can go from struggling financially to making a six figure income in a 3 month time span, but it doesn’t work that way. It was a process to get to where I’m at today. It was hard, I struggled at times, I had to make constant adjustments, I had to do research, I had to find the best way to make this business work for me, I had to put in many, many hours, but you know what, I was PATIENT and knew that if I pushed forward every single day, if I continued to dig my way through the tunnel, the diamonds would be on the other side. After years of 100% effort day in and day out, I was able to reach my goals. I wasn’t focused on instant gratification because I knew it didn’t exist.
If you think that there is a such thing as instant success, it’s time to throw it out of your head. If you’re in the process of changing your health, make sure you commit yourself every single day to a health diet and working out, and over a period of time you will be able to reach your goals, I PROMISE! If you’ve just started your own business venture, or maybe decided to become a Beachbody Coach, and are struggling to get your business off the ground, if you continue to push forward every single day, make adjustments, learn from your failures, over time you will little by little begin to experience success, until you get to the point where your business explodes! Don’t allow yourself to be that person who gives up when you are just a stones throw away from achieving success.
If you’re going through P90X or any other Beachbody program and want to make me your coach, want to learn about my Challenge Groups, or if you have any questions or need help with anything, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.