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Time + Hard Work = Success

I wanted to go into a little more detail about something I brushed upon in yesterday’s blog post. This is also something that was brought up in one of the articles in “Success Magazine,” which I get and read on a monthly basis, and something that I feel is very important for people to understand if they want to be successful in life. It’s about putting in a lot of time and hard work in the beginning of something and not seeing a big return.

In the “Success Magazine” article, the author talks about his health, and how he struggles during the beginning of every new cycle of working out. It’s a cycle because he has finds himself working out, getting results, stopping working out, falling out of shape again, and then starting a new workout cycle. The funny thing about this is that he admits he struggles with keeping up with his health, and knows how important it is, and beats himself up about it every time he does this. What’s even funnier is that this man is a super successful businessman, and his health is the only aspect of his life that he struggles with. Anyways, he said that once he begins a new cycle of working out, he dreads it because he has to put in a lot of time, is extremely sore, and doesn’t see much results. Most people give up with their exercise routine within the first two weeks because they think to themselves, “I’m sore as hell, tired, and haven’t gotten much results, so why am I doing this to myself?” What these people aren’t understanding is that the longer you do something, the more results you will get, and the easier it is to get them. In the case with this guy, he’s understands this concept, and has applied it to his business, but fails to do so with his health. He knows that if he eats healthy, puts in the hard work, and gets into great shape, it’s going to be much easier for him in the future to maintain his great condition.

In order to be successful with anything, whether it’s a new workout regimen, new job, new relationship, you’re going to be putting in a lot of hard work and time in the beginning, but not see immediate results. That’s just the facts. If you don’t understand this, then you aren’t going to succeed with much in life. Do you think you’re going to get a job right out of college paying six figures? Guess again. You’re going to be starting at the bottom, and you have to work your way to the top. When I first started my Beachbody Coaching career, I was putting in a ton of time and effort, but seeing barely any return. Was it frustrating? You better believe it, but I understood that if I continued putting in a lot of time and hard work that it would become easier and easier as time went on, and my income would continue to increase. I was right. If you ask any Top Beachbody Coach what they were making in the first 6 months, I can almost guarantee you that they will tell you barely anything, maybe enough to cover their costs. However, they are at the top now because they separated themselves from others, knowing that it takes a lot of time and effort to build a successful business. I didn’t become one of the top Beachbody Coaches in the nation overnight. It’s taken 2 years for me to become very successful. I started where everyone started, and that’s at the bottom.

The one thing that frustrates me with many of the people that I coach is that the moment they are forced out of their comfort zone (being sore, tired, etc.), they quit. They don’t understand that as each week passes, the more results they will see, the less tired they will get, and the less soreness they experience. That’s just how it works. Those first two weeks doing P90X, Insanity, or any other Beachbody program for that matter, just sucks! It’s a huge adjustment to your body, and your body responds by being sore, which is a good thing. That soreness means you’re rebuilding your muscles to make them stronger. After working out, eating healthy, committing to a healthy lifestyle for so long, it becomes part of you, and you can’t see yourself any other way. Once you reach a certain point in your fitness, it then becomes maintenance. If I wanted, I could work out 3-4 times per week, have a cheat meal each week, and still be in the same condition I am today, but I don’t do that because that’s not how I am. I work out and eat healthy 7 days a week because I want to set a standard for everyone that I coach. Plus, it’s now part of my routine.

If you’re just starting a new workout routine or a new job and struggling, think about what I just talked about. When you let this sink in and apply this to everything you do in life, you’re going to be much happier and much more successful in the long run.

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  1. chris /

    Well put!

  2. Adam Birke /

    Hey there Josh. I love the post and I agree with the end. You could do maintenance but if you’ve come so far, why stop there? There are always new heights to aspire to. I have a list of fitness goals and I will not be satisfied until I reach them, and once I do, I will likely have more complex goals (whether it be a running time, a distance, walking handstands, etc.). Looking and feeling great is awesome, but I feel like that’s only part of the battle. Functional fitness, the term I have heard a bunch of times now through Tony Horton and several others, does not just mean having big arms and a six-pack. It means that your fitness is a way of life and has its own set of goals you should aspire to. I am pretty sure you agree based on how hard you train too!

    All the best,

  3. I owe a lot to you for getting me started on this journey Josh, so I’m going to listen to you again and put in that time and hard work.

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