Father Time Is Undefeated
As I’ve been grinding away over the last five years building my physique, my blog and my online businesses a couple of hard truths surfaced.
As intriguing as the ‘get shredded for summer in two weeks’ and ‘triple your business revenue next month’ articles may be in magazines and seminars it’s all false.
Building anything of extraordinary measure takes a long time.
You don’t want to hear it, I didn’t want to hear it either.
We want results now.
We want concrete results presented to us immediately in reward for the expenditure of our time and effort.
We want instant gratification.
The constant desire for instant gratification will be your downfall.
I get the same question every single day…
“SJ, how long is it going to take me to get a physique like yours? I’m currently 125lbs and 18% body fat” – Reader
The truth often crushes dreams and stops newbies in their tracks.
“five years of consistent training at least four times a week with conscious effort dieting” is generally my answer…
I rarely get a response.
In Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart’s recent movie, ‘Central Intelligence’ there’s a scene that perfectly illustrates this scenario.
Re-united after 20 years Hart’s character asks The Rock how he managed to lose 200lbs and build a physique that resembles an ice sculpture.
Hart is on the edge of his seat, presumably waiting for the ‘one quick trick’ or the ‘top secret technique’ to get into shape fast.
The Rock’s character effortlessly responds with “I only did one thing. I worked out 6 hours a day, every day, for the last 20 years.” – Dwayne Johnson
Hart’s face is flush with disappoint upon hearing the answer.
Hart spent the last 20 years doing absolutely nothing and now has nothing to show for it.
Put In The Work Today And Reap The Benefits Later
You must expend the time and effort today in order to reap the results later, there’s never a time that you’re presented with the enjoyment of the result before the expenditure of the effort.
Patiently grind away at your craft, whether this is your body or a business the exact same principles apply.
Stop looking at the clock.
Remain consistent and put in the work every single day (weekends off are for employees, you’re the boss of this operation).
Enjoy the process, small notches of process are the best motivator to keep forging your path forward towards your goal.
Five years may seem like a long time.
But those that become discouraged, overwhelmed and decide to not pursue their goals forget one important point.
You could be standing on a podium with your hand raised victoriously five years from now with your Men’s Physique trophy in your hand.
You could be laying on an island in the Caribbean five years from now without a financial care in the world.
These are both possibilities, you’ve just got to get off your ass and put in the work first.
The time will pass anyway.
Father time waits for no man, he doesn’t care whether you decide to take action or not, all he does is continue on his journey in one direction.
Where you are in five years is up to you.
If you allow the thought of how long extraordinary achievement takes and choose to do nothing you’re going to remain in the exact same place you are in five years time.
Hell, in five years time you’ll look back and wish you decided to make a start.