The other day I saw a quote on IG that read, “If you are not working on evenings & weekends you don’t want it as bad as you say you do."
This really resonated with me because I know there are times where I put off doing extra work due to being exhausted, lazy, or to hang with friends instead.
These actions aren’t conducive to someone who is striving to achieve his maximum potential. With that thought in mind I had to question why it has been so easy to succumb to these distractions/excuses as of late.
The road to success is very arduous, overwhelming, and sometimes even scary, but these aren’t good reasons to slow down.
For a while I thought maybe it’s because I’m not passionate about my goals anymore, and maybe I needed new ones. However, I know in my heart I’m happiest when I’m working hard towards my purpose and improving myself.
The reason why it’s so easy to make excuses and take too many days off is actually very simple. It’s simply because it is easy to just lay down and do nothing as opposed to working hard on a task. Your brain likes the path of least resistance. That’s why when doing a hard workout your brain will tell you to stop and give up long before your body is ready to.
Now let's address the title of the article. How bad do you really want it? How bad do you want the success you’re striving for? How bad do you really want your ideal body? How bad do you really want to improve on a certain skill? Are you willing to work tirelessly towards your goals? Are you willing to stay at the gym a little longer, or add in an extra day? Are you willing to say no to hanging out with your friends to make time to work on your goals? Would you put off that vacation to instead invest your money towards your business? How bad do you really want it?
When the going gets tough, it is very easy to fold. If you want something bad enough, you will find a way to make it happen. There are plenty of people in way worse situations than you are who have found a way to make it happen.
Look at Zion Clark, a young wrestler who was born with no legs. This man could have easily just accepted his fate, and moved through life as a handicapped person waiting to get taken care of. Everyone probably would have understood it too. But no. He didn’t want that for his life. This man trained hard and achieved a 33-15 record in one of the toughest wrestling states in the nation. He wanted success badly, and he didn’t let his disability stop him from Conquering his goals.
And if that doesn’t inspire you then just look at Oprah Winfrey’s story. She was born into poverty, molested and raped in throughout her childhood, and had a child at 14. She fought through all the adversity to become the first black woman billion.
I know it’s easier said than done to just fight through certain roadblocks, mentally or physically. But at the end of the day, if you really want something bad enough, then you don’t have the luxury of listing your excuses for why you can’t do something.
No one is going to feel sorry for you. No one is going to care why you couldn’t do something. No one is going to throw a parade and celebrate your excuses. Results are the only thing that matters.
Now get off your phone or your computer (however you’re reading this) and go Conquer your goals.