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Embrace the Suck

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Embrace the suck.  It’s simple advice, but that doesn’t make it easy.  We’ve all heard the old clichés, “All good things happen outside of your comfort zone” and “if it were easy everyone would do it.”  Said another way, you have to become comfortable being uncomfortable.

Why is that?

It would be nice if you could get the good things in life by taking the easy road, but the fact is that it’s just not the case.  If you look at the top people in their field, the vast majority did not get to where they are by way of luck.  They worked their asses off to get there.  They had a goal in mind and didn’t stop working until they reached it.

You’ve got to be real with yourself if you are serious about reaching your goal.  Lay out a plan and figure out what steps you need to take.  Rather than trying to take a shortcut or find the quick fix, simply commit yourself to putting in the work.

In my experience, this road will result in one of two mindsets for a person.  The person will either feel empowered by their dedication and mental fortitude, a champion’s mindset.  Or they will feel like a victim experiencing a hardship, a victim’s mindset.  Which person do you think is more successful?

I challenge you to change your mindset from a victim’s mentality to a champion’s mentality.  So, when you are eating a grilled chicken salad and everyone else is eating burgers, instead of feeling sorry for yourself, be proud of yourself!   You made the right decision in a difficult situation and are one step closer to your goal because of it.  When you have to wake up at 6 AM to work out, because it’s the only time you have, don’t think about how tired you are going to be.  Think how you are working while everyone else is sleeping!

When you change your mindset from a victim’s mentality to a champion’s mentality, you will learn to embrace the suck.  The suck factors that used to feel so hard and get you down won’t hurt you any more, they will motivate you.  You’ll wear those suck factors like a badge of honor, because you know that is what it takes to reach your goals.

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