I saw a meme on social media recently and the quote hit me like a water balloon straight to the face. It carried the weight of a mack truck and got me right in the thinker…
“Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get with the work you didn’t do.”
I’m sure it’s been said a hundred different ways. This one strikes me because of the word “results” and the power that seems to follow results.
Reading the work of the likes of Darren Hardy, Michael Hyatt, Donald Miller and other high-performing individuals who seem focused on being the best version of themselves and offer tools to help their readers and followers do the same, I am realizing more and more how important discipline, goals, habits and routines are.
It’s a gut check for me. It’s easy to want bigger biceps and dream about them, but am I actually putting in the required work to obtain the desired results? Harder yet, am I following a diet that supports the results I want to see?
There are a million different questions I can ask myself regarding my level of discipline, or the work needed for the results I want. When I start to feel tired, or lazy or even defeated at times, I start to think about what I want and re-prioritize my time to put in the work in order to achieve the results that are important to me. After all, my results are a direct reflection of my work, or lack thereof.
I’m setting out to hike White Mountain in just over a week (Aug 17, 2018). I hate the work of climbing the treadmill inside a musty, warm, overcrowded gym. However, I imagine the view and the pride that will come with standing atop that 14,246’ summit with a handful of friends, raising a very special, handmade flag that defies a debilitating prognosis.
So…for me, the work is worth it. I have an idea of what it’s going to take to summit White Mountain, so I’ll get the right stuff done.