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January 20, 2015

The One Thing You Need to Make a Change

Everywhere you look, there are quick fixes. There are headlines that claim to save you from your money problems in an instant, help you lose weight without changing a thing, and make your career take off overnight. Then there are...

Everywhere you look, there are quick fixes.

There are headlines that claim to save you from your money problems in an instant, help you lose weight without changing a thing, and make your career take off overnight.

Then there are countless articles and books with endless steps teaching you how to make these changes happen.

We would all love a magic pill to fix our problems without having to actually do anything about them. But I can tell you in three words what these books and articles drag out for thousands of pages.

If you want to change your life, there’s only one thing you have to do: Do the work.

Put on your tennis shoes, show up at the gym, and do the work. Stop spending money you don’t have, start saving more of the money you do have, and do the work.

That’s it.

Everyone who wants to lose weight knows it comes from eating healthier and exercising. Anyone who wants to get out of debt knows they have to stop using their credit cards and spend less in order to pay them off.

We have no lack of information, but we have a severe lack of discipline.

We search for quick fixes and exert our efforts in all of the wrong places. We want the results, but then we spend all of our energy trying to bypass the very thing that produces results: hard work.

The people who actually make these changes get it. They know it won’t happen overnight and they know it’s going to be really, really hard.

But they also know that doing the work is the only thing that will truly work.

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  1. Christy, I’m so stealing this: We have no lack of information, but we have a severe lack of discipline…

    We have overload of information really. Too many podcasts, Twitter updates, Facebook, Pins, etc… But no one wants to put in the work and be disciplined. I’ve been saying it for a while now: getting tired of the microwave mentality. 7 minutes to this… 3 steps to that. I’m with you. Get ready to hustle, put in the work and changes will come… Thanks for the reminder this morning!

    Jorge

  2. Roy says:

    Reminds me of “The Power of Self Discipline No Excuses” by Brian Tracy. Agree lack of self discipline is what gets people in trouble.

  3. Lauryn Ekno says:

    Hi Christy,

    My partner sent me this article last month and it has stayed with me ever since. Through every 4:30 wake up call I want to snooze, every exercise rep, every salad I’ve prepped, and every budget I’ve maintained. When I am struggling through the last hill on my morning run I used to say “baby steps” to focus on my next step up the hill but lately it’s been “do the work” under my breath. This blog coupled with “The Things That No One Sees” are really inspiring and motivating. You are a great writer and I hope to meet you at one of the Entreleadership events. Keep up the good work and have a great day!

    Lauryn

  4. susan says:

    I find your words extremely encouraging. I joined your Business Boutique online … Didn’t purchase anything but just said “yes”. Someone wrote me from your group, but I didn’t respond. I would like to start again.

    Its such a mental game…but I am persevering…I’m doing the work. Love your quote “doing the work is the only thing that will truly work”.
    Thanks

  5. Rachel says:

    I know this to be completely true. However, I would ask what is the best way to gain the self-discipline needed? It is a very challenging thing for me in several areas of my life. I would love some help in figuring out how to gain that discipline.