Water Your Own Damn Grass
The title for today’s blog comes from one of my business partners who’s very successful in our company. She was featured on one of our training CDs and was asked to share her thoughts on her journey to success. I love hearing her train because she keeps it real – heck all the trainers keep it real, but with her in particular, this piece of her training always sticks with me.
“The grass is always greener when it’s watered.” This is a paraphrase from Neil Barringham’s quote, but, it’s very true. You can’t escape hard work. Heck, you can’t escape WORK for that matter. So many people look at successful people and think one of two (or three) things:
a) Man, they’re so lucky… or
b) Man, I could NEVER do what they do… or
c) Yeah, they got it real easy ’cause they were one of the firsts…
I started thinking of more “excuses” but decided to stop there.
The point is this…it doesn’t matter WHAT it is in life, be it work, parenting, fitness, financial freedom, whatever. What may look “easy” for other people is the result of HARD WORK. You have to be willing to do the work. It sometimes irks me when I hear people say things like, “Oh, they have it so easy because they’re with so and so…” or, “Man, I wish I had a so and so to work with…” or the 3 quotes I listed above. It’s endless all the “Yeah but’s” that come out of people’s mouths when they say they WANT one thing, but aren’t willing to do the WORK required to achieve that thing.
When it comes to success, there are no shortcuts. Heck, there really aren’t any secrets, either. It comes down to doing the work. You’ve got to be willing to put in the time, effort, blood, sweat, tears, hardships, struggles, etc. You’ve got to be willing to sacrifice something NOW so that LATER you can live the life you’ve always wanted.
Do the work; water the grass; and once it’s green, tend to it. Take out the weeds, turn
the soil, take care of your grass. Follow up with your customers, set the appointments, make the approaches, continue the dialogue. Start the fitness program, follow the meal plan, calendar your workouts. No matter what it is, it takes time, effort and HARD work. No one has it easy. No one got lucky. All the successful people, the TRUE success stories, did the work that was necessary to achieve their goals. And once they reached that goal, they didn’t stop. They continued moving forward.
No one ever said it would be easy; but it most certainly is worth it.
Don’t you think?
Or would you rather be like the majority who sits back whining and complaining? Or, better still, peeking over the fence at your neighbor’s grass instead of tending to your own?
Financial expert, Dave Ramsey, says it best, “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.” Do the work, don’t worry about what other people say or think. Water your grass and get the job done.