Hard Work Trumps All

How badly do you want it?

Those among you who played sports in your youth probably first heard that question years ago. More than likely it’s been ringing in your ears ever since.

How badly do you want it?

It’s a simple question, but one that hits at the heart of what separates those who meet their goals or achieve great things and those who merely get by.

They want it badly, and they back it up with hard work, focus and commitment.

One of the things that most drives me batty in the gym is seeing people there who are barely going through the motions.

They may be on a cardio machine but for all the “work” they’re doing they might as well be home on the couch chatting with the friend who’s next to them not working just as hard as they are. Or they might be doing one or two sets of weights, but a) doing it incorrectly, b) doing it half-heartedly or c) doing so much walking around between sets and moves even their gains are falling asleep.

And these will be the first folks who’ll brag about “going to the gym.”

Really?! They may have burned more calories driving to the gym that they actually did at the gym.

Then they’ll wonder why they’re not losing weight or building muscle.

I know it’s harsh, but what’s the point of making the effort to get there if you don’t make the full effort to accomplish your fitness goals?

How badly do you want it?

How badly do you want to lose those 1o pounds? Or build those arms? Or strengthen your core? Or find that six-pack?!

Each of us must ask ourselves that question, and my hope is that the answer is: Enough to do what needs to be done-in the gym and in life!

Enough to make every moment in the gym (or wherever you workout) count.

Enough to make the commitment to living a fit healthy lifestyle rather than a going through a mere “resolution” workout (i.e. it’ll be over by Valentines Day).

Do you have the willpower to win?

If so, what comes next is simple: If you want it badly enough, and you have the willpower to see it through, you’ll get it. Period.

Whatever it is.

Challenge yourself!

Roy S. Johnson is the founder of Fit! Live! Win! and former Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Fitness. Fit! Live! Win! was created to be the only workout buddy you’ll ever need, to help you challenge yourself with new workout moves, training regiments and eating strategies from the best trainers and nutritionists in the business. For more information about Roy S. Johnson and Fit! Live! Win! visit www.FitLiveWin.wordpress.com