We all (well mostly) know what to do to get what we want. Whatever it is, the knowing is the easy part. The doing of it is an entirely different animal.
I hear, so often, it's just easier if I . . . fill in the blank. Do it for my children as opposed to teaching them, more to the point requiring "it" of them. Eating what I want as opposed to eating healthy. Smoking to quitting. You get the picture.
Let's look at this a bit closer. If you don't put the work in with your children, they lose out on life skills and you are doing for them the rest of their lives. If you eat what you want (unless you love vegetables and water) you spend your life fighting weight and health issues. If you keep smoking, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, attached to an O2 tank the rest of your life.
This is but a small sampling of the consequences one may suffer due to laziness or lack of care. The other morning, I kept looking at the clock, 3 a.m., 4 a.m., by 5 a.m. I forced myself out of bid, asking myself why put myself through getting up early to pray, exercise and write? Why not just let myself sleep? Then the words "Let myself go?" came to mind and I remembered why I do it.
To get the results I want, I need to do the work. Today, I am reaping a lot of reward for doing the work. A strong body, a great career that I love, productive children, a comfortable lifestyle, peace.
People often say, you are so lucky. That's not really the case. I've done the work, gone to school, taken care of my body the best I can, suffered through teaching and guiding rather than bailing my children out. Persevered through hard things I'd rather not have to find peace and happiness.
I shudder to think where I'd be if I'd given into, what looked like, the inevitable. A fat, jobless, drunk are a few adjectives that come to mind. I've done hard things to have a great life.
I remember when I was trying to get my personal training going. People would ask me; "Can you make me skinny?" My reply was always the same; No, but I can show you the way. Not many stuck with it.
The truth is; doing the work to change yourself, is the easier, softer way in the end.
Fantasizing the freedom hard work affords me.