When you’re trying to accomplish something specific, such as starting a business or losing weight, your perception of what you think it takes and what it actually takes are usually NOT the same.
For example, when I was younger and skinnier, I had this vision of what I was going to look like when I finally benched 225 pounds.
225 pounds seemed like such a heavy amount of weight at the time that I thought I was going to looked jacked AF when I finally benched it.
Of course, when I did bench 225 pounds, I didn’t look much more muscular than I had when I could only bench 205 or 185 pounds.
In fact, I didn’t start to look the way I imagined I would until years later and it had nothing to do without how much I benched and everything to do with what I ate.
The same goes for business.
Although, I have to admit that my first business made a lot of money in a matter of a few months with little effort. But there was a lot of luck involved, which is why I never talk about it on the blog anymore.
Since then, every business has required way more work than I originally anticipated.
When you watch someone else do something, you rarely see all the work that goes on behind the scenes. It’s almost impossible to understand what it takes to accomplish anything unless you’ve watched someone else do it firsthand.
Unless you have a lot of experience with reaching a particular body fat percentage from different starting points, you most likely aren’t going to estimate your goal weight correctly when you start losing weight.
For guys especially, when we cut down we want to be lean at the highest body weight possible because we don’t want to lose our gains and we don’t want to go back to wearing medium-sized shirts again!
In most cases, you should aim to lose about 5 pounds more than your goal weight for two reasons:
- You probably need to lose a little extra to get the appearance you want
- You will have more wiggle room when you put a few pounds back on after dieting hard
The same goes for guys trying to pack on muscle.
You might have a vision for what you’re going to look like when you weigh 200 pounds, but when you get there you will probably be disappointed.
That’s because you have to be 200 pounds and lean to get the look you want. The “and lean” part requires a lot more work than it seems — until you do it yourself.
Commit to Doing Whatever it Takes
The best thing you can do is plan for more work in advance — or in other words, let go of your perceived expectations and focus on putting in the work instead.
It doesn’t matter what you think it’s going to take to accomplish your goal. What matters is what it actually takes.
You have to commit to doing whatever it takes no matter what.
Your success won’t be a result of using the right tactics or having a perfect plan.
You are successful when you do whatever it takes.
You can accomplish anything with three simple things:
- Work ethic
That’s all you need.
Focus on figuring out and doing whatever it takes. If you work hard at it consistently, you will win.
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