Did You Think It Was Going To Be Easy?

Come on now.  Did you think actually think that you could venture boldly one grand time and conquer everything in your imagination?
Do you actually think that you just deserve to achieve great results simply because of the pain and suffering you have endured in the past?

That’s not how it works.

You only get back out what you put in, right now.  You don’t get the luxury of excusing away complacency with the ill-guided “I’ve done enough already” quip.

No. Whether you like to hear it or not, your mission is to endure.  To take blows.  To give blows.  To stand on your feet.

That’s the path to the podium stand.

Doing what few others are prepared to do.

Sticking it out when things get tough.  Believing in yourself when no one else around you thinks you have chance. Grinding through what needs to be done.

It’s not easy.  It’s not fun.  It’s not glamorous.  But it’s the secret to doing things that matter.

 As we get older we tend to think we’ve learned enough to be able to “work smarter” now.  After all, you should be able to take the lessons from the last few decades of success and failure and build a fool-proof plan that guarantees success just the way you want it.

But you’re only fooling yourself.

It’s a new day today.  There are new challenges tomorrow.

The only thing that stays the same is your resolve to conquer the day.  To push back against constraints. To refuse to take “no” as your final answer.

You.  That’s the difference.  Your guts.  Your ability to look past the pain and frustration of the moment and hold on to your dream.  Hold on to your future.

Refusing to let it slip through your fingers.

That’s your decision today.

And tomorrow and the next day.  To stand back up and take on the day or stay down and make excuses.

It really is that simple.

Stand back up.

0 Replies to “Did You Think It Was Going To Be Easy?”

  1. Very true. Conditioning of past experiences reinforce it must be easier as one grows older. I am sure my Swedish grandfather farming until he passed on in his late 70’s recognized that life truly does not become easier, but it may become better.

  2. Very true. Conditioning of past experiences reinforce it must be easier as one grows older. I am sure my Swedish grandfather farming until he passed on in his late 70’s recognized that life truly does not become easier, but it may become better.

  3. Very true. Conditioning of past experiences reinforce it must be easier as one grows older. I am sure my Swedish grandfather farming until he passed on in his late 70’s recognized that life truly does not become easier, but it may become better.

  4. Very true. Conditioning of past experiences reinforce it must be easier as one grows older. I am sure my Swedish grandfather farming until he passed on in his late 70’s recognized that life truly does not become easier, but it may become better.

  5. Very true. Conditioning of past experiences reinforce it must be easier as one grows older. I am sure my Swedish grandfather farming until he passed on in his late 70’s recognized that life truly does not become easier, but it may become better.

  6. Very true. Conditioning of past experiences reinforce it must be easier as one grows older. I am sure my Swedish grandfather farming until he passed on in his late 70’s recognized that life truly does not become easier, but it may become better.

  7. The first 10 years I was in business, I kept thinking something along the lines of, “… But when we get over this hurdle, life will finally be easer and I will reap the rewards this business has to offer.” But inevitably, once one challenge was solved, another crisis inevitably sprung up to take its place. Over the subsequent 10 years of business, what I learned is that the hurdles never get any lower and crises never cease. No matter how well we run a business, we have no real control over the whims of employees, clients, or the global economy.What does happen is that we get better at seeing challenges coming, and have better tools to rise above them. Every time we pick ourselves up and refuse to fold we strengthen the muscles we need to stand in the face of the challenge the next time – and give others the confidence to come along with us.

  8. The first 10 years I was in business, I kept thinking something along the lines of, “… But when we get over this hurdle, life will finally be easer and I will reap the rewards this business has to offer.” But inevitably, once one challenge was solved, another crisis inevitably sprung up to take its place. Over the subsequent 10 years of business, what I learned is that the hurdles never get any lower and crises never cease. No matter how well we run a business, we have no real control over the whims of employees, clients, or the global economy.What does happen is that we get better at seeing challenges coming, and have better tools to rise above them. Every time we pick ourselves up and refuse to fold we strengthen the muscles we need to stand in the face of the challenge the next time – and give others the confidence to come along with us.

  9. The first 10 years I was in business, I kept thinking something along the lines of, “… But when we get over this hurdle, life will finally be easer and I will reap the rewards this business has to offer.” But inevitably, once one challenge was solved, another crisis inevitably sprung up to take its place. Over the subsequent 10 years of business, what I learned is that the hurdles never get any lower and crises never cease. No matter how well we run a business, we have no real control over the whims of employees, clients, or the global economy.What does happen is that we get better at seeing challenges coming, and have better tools to rise above them. Every time we pick ourselves up and refuse to fold we strengthen the muscles we need to stand in the face of the challenge the next time – and give others the confidence to come along with us.

  10. The first 10 years I was in business, I kept thinking something along the lines of, “… But when we get over this hurdle, life will finally be easer and I will reap the rewards this business has to offer.” But inevitably, once one challenge was solved, another crisis inevitably sprung up to take its place. Over the subsequent 10 years of business, what I learned is that the hurdles never get any lower and crises never cease. No matter how well we run a business, we have no real control over the whims of employees, clients, or the global economy.What does happen is that we get better at seeing challenges coming, and have better tools to rise above them. Every time we pick ourselves up and refuse to fold we strengthen the muscles we need to stand in the face of the challenge the next time – and give others the confidence to come along with us.

  11. The first 10 years I was in business, I kept thinking something along the lines of, “… But when we get over this hurdle, life will finally be easer and I will reap the rewards this business has to offer.” But inevitably, once one challenge was solved, another crisis inevitably sprung up to take its place. Over the subsequent 10 years of business, what I learned is that the hurdles never get any lower and crises never cease. No matter how well we run a business, we have no real control over the whims of employees, clients, or the global economy.What does happen is that we get better at seeing challenges coming, and have better tools to rise above them. Every time we pick ourselves up and refuse to fold we strengthen the muscles we need to stand in the face of the challenge the next time – and give others the confidence to come along with us.

  12. The first 10 years I was in business, I kept thinking something along the lines of, “… But when we get over this hurdle, life will finally be easer and I will reap the rewards this business has to offer.” But inevitably, once one challenge was solved, another crisis inevitably sprung up to take its place. Over the subsequent 10 years of business, what I learned is that the hurdles never get any lower and crises never cease. No matter how well we run a business, we have no real control over the whims of employees, clients, or the global economy.What does happen is that we get better at seeing challenges coming, and have better tools to rise above them. Every time we pick ourselves up and refuse to fold we strengthen the muscles we need to stand in the face of the challenge the next time – and give others the confidence to come along with us.

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