THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO SUCCESS

THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO SUCCESS

It takes twenty years to become an overnight success. EDDIE CANTOR

We live in a want it now, quick-fix society. Our expectations have been moulded for our needs and desires to be met almost instantly. There is a constant temptation of quick fixes; instant makeovers, diet pills, fillers, botox, fast food, speed dating, etcetera. The modern credo is, Time waits for no man or more accurately, Man waits for nothing. It’s more short-term gain and instant gratification rather than building for long-term success. Many of us move from one quick fix to the next, but no matter how many of these quickies we invest in, the image and the life we desire continue to elude us.  The expectation for a greater life will always be there, but it is not going to be fulfilled by quick fixes. For example, we all know that the only sustainable method for losing weight and keeping it off over the long-term is to eat sensibly and to exercise regularly and sufficiently. Still, many opt for the quick fix route of diet pills. Often, the only weight they loose as a result, is in their wallet.

I understand that it is natural to want to achieve results quickly. We want to avoid wasting time. However, my observation is that life is a marathon, not a sprint. What makes us thrive and great requires a long-term focus on what matters most for our wellbeing and a compelling vision. To achieve life lasting benefits, we must first accept that there are no quick fixes. Quick fixes or instant makeovers often focus on our external image. Image building work that looks mainly on our exterior only produces a temporary and limited improvement. Because it fails to address the changes in behaviour and attitude that is needed to make a significant and enduring improvement.  It is what’s going on in our insides that determines what happens on our outsides. Growth, therefore, only comes from the inside out. It never comes from the outside in.

There are no shortcuts to success. The road to success is hard work.  Focused, excruciating, long-term hard work. Our efforts to improve our lives change us slowly, day by day, until we successfully detach ourselves from where we are and begin to take the appearance of where we want to be.

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