Work Works – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 60

Work Works

This is a saying that one of my mentors says repeatedly when he does trainings.  Sometimes, it takes a while for things to click for me, and when it does, look out.  There is truth when one says, “Success leaves clues.”  Learn from and mimick what successful people do and you will yield the same results.  When you are willing to be molded, you are open, you are coachable and you are willing to do the work, it’s amazing how the universe aligns so you can get what you seek.

It doesn’t matter what you want in life, be it a successful business, a rock-hard body whatever it may be.  At the end of the day, it comes down to you doing the WORK.  There is no avoiding this important piece.  You can’t expect one without doing the other.  You are NOT exempt.  You are not special in the sense that you get to bypass all of the little steps, dirty work and trench-digging that others have gone through.  You’ve got to follow the rules just like everyone else.

When you find someone who is on the same page as you, it makes all the difference.  That individual gets it; are willing to do the work; understands that it’s not about the instant gratification.  When you find someone who recognizes they are part of a marathon, not a 100-meter dash; they are in it for the LONG HAUL, it makes all the other disappointments worth it.  As long as you keep your goals and why in the forefront, and realize that as long as you keep going, you will win.

Do the work, keep focused, don’t quit and embrace the work.  Work truly does work.

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The Grass is Always Greener When it’s Watered – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 28

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.

Work works!!!