We all like shortcuts. Shortcuts to a better life. Shortcuts to get the women we like (or men in case you are a woman reading this). Shortcuts to a lean body with a six pack. But where’s the joy of a journey anymore?
Let’s look somewhere else for a moment. Let’s look at how things usually go when you want to be good at some type of profession. Maybe you want to be a good engineer. In order to be good at this profession, you will have to put years of studying and practicing for this. You’ll have to go to a university for a few years. Maybe take some additional courses. And after this period of theoretical knowledge, you’ll also have to practice what you’ve learned.
This takes years.What this has to do with fat loss or muscle gaining? This has everything to do with them. You’ll find out in a moment. Is there a shortcut to achieve your goals faster?
The reality is that no one becomes good at something without putting some effort into it. There are no shortcuts to greatness.
Take a look at this picture:
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquered the mount Everest in 1953. They took the long and steep way ahead towards the mountain top. There was no shortcut to reaching the top of the mountain. No other way to do it unless they climbed it all the way.
Take a look at this picture:
Neil Armstrong made the first steps on the moon in 1969. It took him years of training and practice before he was ready for that flight. There were no shortcuts to achieving the proficiency required to do such a flight. They had to go through all the training and practice step by step. One day after the other, until they were ready.
Greatness requires learning and practice. But as humans, we still have the bad habit of seeking shortcuts (unless we unlearn it through practice). Our brain functions just like that. We want to achieve something we desire as fast as possible, and with the least effort we can get away with.
What Is Efficient And What Is Effective?
When we think about efficiency, we think about using our time, money, or costs in the most efficient way possible to accomplish a certain task or purpose. What about effectiveness?
When we think about effectiveness, our purpose is the end result of our work through the actions that we take.
I don’t know why most people believe there’s a shortcut to almost anything they desire. Of course, we are not talking about road shortcuts. Who wouldn’t want a faster six pack if possible?
Who doesn’t want to follow a diet that lasts just 4 days and can help you lose up to 8.6 pounds? (Oh, I almost forgot I created this diet based on my successful attempt)
A single magic pill that gets you shredded with visible six pack abs?
Now I hope you’ve set realistic expectations, and you know what you can expect from your body. Once you get rid of this shortcut mentality, you will be way ahead of most people that still believe there must be a shortcut to achieving a lean body. Once you agree with this, you won’t fall for hype and tricks anymore. The only thing you have to do now is to take what you’ve learned, and apply it.
As Napoleon Hill said:
Knowledge is not power… Applied knowledge is.
Apply what you learn!
I know you want to succeed and get the body you dream of. Who wouldn’t want that?
There are two roads that you can take now.
- The easy road that is focused and targeted,
- The long road that takes time, resources, and gives poor outcomes.
The choice is up to you. But you have to know something. Achieving the body you dream of will take time. There’s no easy road or easy way. You have to get motivated. Self-motivation is an important part of the recipe for a successful transformation. I tell you this because I know how I am. For me, it doesn’t matter if it is raining outside, snowing, or no people go to the gym in that day. I will go no matter what.
If I’m not motivated that day, I’ll make sure I’ll motivate myself in one way or another. If I don’t have the will to go, I’ll just look in the mirror. If my friends don’t come to the gym on that day, I’ll still be there. If there’s some sort of holiday, and it falls right on my training day, I’ll just go and train. Nothing can stop me. I always say this:
Consistency is the most important quality you can have.
I am curious.
How has searching for shortcuts affected your progress until now?
What do you think it will happen if you will just take a diet and training program and stick to it?
Leave a comment below. I’ll answer to each one of them.