Did You Think It Was Going To Be Easy?

Come on now.  Did you think actually think that you could venture boldly one grand time and conquer everything in your imagination? Do you actually think that you just deserve to achieve great results simply because of the pain and suffering you have endured in the past?

That's not how it works.

You only get back out what you put in, right now.  You don't get the luxury of excusing away complacency with the ill-guided "I've done enough already" quip.

No. Whether you like to hear it or not, your mission is to endure.  To take blows.  To give blows.  To stand on your feet.

That's the path to the podium stand.

Doing what few others are prepared to do.

Sticking it out when things get tough.  Believing in yourself when no one else around you thinks you have chance. Grinding through what needs to be done.

It's not easy.  It's not fun.  It's not glamorous.  But it's the secret to doing things that matter.

 As we get older we tend to think we've learned enough to be able to "work smarter" now.  After all, you should be able to take the lessons from the last few decades of success and failure and build a fool-proof plan that guarantees success just the way you want it.

But you're only fooling yourself.

It's a new day today.  There are new challenges tomorrow.

The only thing that stays the same is your resolve to conquer the day.  To push back against constraints. To refuse to take "no" as your final answer.

You.  That's the difference.  Your guts.  Your ability to look past the pain and frustration of the moment and hold on to your dream.  Hold on to your future.

Refusing to let it slip through your fingers.

That's your decision today.

And tomorrow and the next day.  To stand back up and take on the day or stay down and make excuses.

It really is that simple.

Stand back up.

PainStephen Palacino