Today I read something that really hit me and has stuck with me. After reading (and rereading) I thought these words were words that I would share with my family, on getreallive.com and in the columns that I write. I think these words really bring perspective to life.
As a parent, I find that things are often sugar coated for our kids. We want to do so much for them and help them avoid some of the challenges that may be in front of them. We need to be reminded that perhaps some of the challenges are there are life lessons that they need to learn.
It would appear that we are, indeed, living in a time where "instant gratification" is the new black. Sometimes, it even feels that hard work and perseverance aren't really necessary or desired. Actually, it seems that if either hard work or perseverance is necessary, then whatever one is working towards no longer seems worth the effort - especially if a little "elbow grease" is required.
This makes me sad and causes me to wonder: How many people walk around, reminded of unmet goals or unfulfilled dreams? How many projects have been abandoned because it was "too hard" or simply because what was required was beyond "acceptable boundaries?" How many kids have seen their parents give up and put things in the "too hard basket" so they do the same (monkey see, monkey do)? How many people are simply frustrated because they never pushed through and accomplished what they had set out to do simply because the goal just seemed to hard or unattainable?
Then there are the stories we hear and love about someone who has pushed boundaries or stuck with something until they reached their goals, whether it be physical fitness or learning a new language or a skill, or possibly building a business. So many lives, so many stories.
When we hear these stories, we tend to tune our ears to the success and we revel in that and that's a good thing to do. Celebrating others' success is wonderful. What's interesting though, is that with every goal that is reached, every success that is savoured, there is usually a story of frustration, feelings of giving up behind it. Deep in the story there is something that caused that person to keep going, to never give up and to reach the goal in front of them.
With this in mind, I would like to share the honest and wise words I read today. I hope some of you will read these and will be inspired to keep going, to reach the goal or dream that is in front of you. I have been personally inspired by these words and I plan to share with my children. I want to share these words in an effort to let them know that sometimes things are tough, that life isn't always fair and that hard work is required; that achieving certain goals that we set for ourselves feels good and propels us further.
These words I'm sharing are in reference to physical fitness and reaching personal goals when it comes to health and wellness. I believe they translate well, whatever the situation. I hope you feel the same and that they resonate with you.
Lessons & Goals
It will hurt.
It will take time
It will require dedication.
It will require willpower.
You will need to make healthy decisions.
It requires sacrifice.
You will need to push your body to its max.
There will be temptation.
But, I promise you, when you reach your goal - it's all worth it.
I am encouraged and I am challenged and inspired to keep going and to make what I' am doing matter. I hope that those of you who have taken the time to read this have found the same. So, I guess it's time for us to take these life lessons and to put one foot in front of the other and work towards reaching our goals.
Good Luck friends ... we can do it!
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Susan J Sohn