The Mega Million, Pick 6, you name it, we’ve all thought about what life would be like if we hit the lottery. The thrill of hitting it big would mean a whole new life as every fantasy would become reality….right? Ah, but then reality meets the facts. Did you know that 90% of people who hit the lottery lose those winnings within the first five years? That’s an astounding figure and made me stop and ask WHY?
People say to me all the time, if I could just wake up one day really fit or with a six pack or with a flat stomach, then I know I could keep it that way. Really? So you’re telling me if you didn’t have to change anything at all about your lifestyle and yet you were somehow able to achieve your goal, you then would change your lifestyle so that you could maintain that goal? I’m not buying it. And you know why? Because you’d miss the gift – the gift of learning.
Why is it you don’t hear that the almost 10 million millionaires in the U.S. lost their fortunes within five years of reaching their financial well-being. The reason is that along the way, these people learned how to manage their money. People who have achieved a healthier lifestyle or fitter body have done the exact same thing; they’ve learned how to manage their lifestyle so that they reach the health status they want.
But let’s go back to the millionaire, assuming this person did not fall into luck or wasn’t born into royalty. This person woke up every day, like you and I, and worked hard and worked smart, and made decisions day in and day out that lead to wealth. Some decisions moved them ahead, other didn’t, but they kept at it, learning and tweaking until they reached their goal. Absent that learning process, how could anyone ever expect to be able to effectively manage that sum of money? To me, that’s why the lottery winner isn’t successful as that one-time win is just not sustainable. The winner just doesn’t have the experiences to help him or her maintain that financial security.
Now let’s consider the fitness enthusiast and let’s assume they weren’t God’s gift to mankind or some freak of nature. This person woke up every day, like you and I, and worked hard and worked smart, and made decisions day in and day out that lead to a desirable physique. Absent that learning experience, how could we ever expect to manage that body? If you don’t have the experience to understand the work that goes into creating or maintaining that type of body, how could you ever expect to manage that lifestyle. Even if you could hit the fitness lottery and wake up with the body of your dreams, you wouldn’t understand how to manage its success.
Here’s my simple tip on how to hit it big in the fitness category: whatever it takes. Whatever it takes to get there is what it takes to stay there. If don’t go on the journey to get there, I can promise you, you won’t be able to stay there.