Suck it up buttercup
I’m a whiner. Big time. It’s so hard…I don’t know if I can..I don’t have time…I’m so tired…and on and on and on. Generally, I seek out people who will listen and sympathize. Especially people who are in the same boat. Then we can be very understanding and empathetic with each other.
In the midst of a whine fest the other day, though, I realized something kind of big. While I was making excuses and feeling sorry for myself and whining, there were people around me who were pushing through and accomplishing amazing things despite all the potential excuses and road blocks. These people do not face fewer challenges than me. No, they have simply made the decision that they’re going to work hard and dream big and make it happen, regardless.
I finally got it. The difference between me and all these massively successful people is not talent, looks, intelligence, or money. It’s the ability to get up every day and despite being tired, poor, short on time, or whatever, tell themselves to suck it up and get to work. That’s it. It’s being able to get up again after you’ve been knocked down or set back for the gazillionth time in a row. Winston Churchill said, ‘Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm’.
This is incredibly exciting news to me! It has simplified the whole process for me. Sometimes I get so frustrated because I’ve stumbled over the same things too many times to count and I feel like I should just give up already. But here’s the thing…so have all these other people who are hitting their goals and realizing their dreams. They just decided to keep at it, to suck it up when things got hard and they got derailed yet again. It really is as simple as that.
It’s now the mantra I recite in my head when I’m struggling, sweating, crying through a workout. It’s the phrase I repeat when I haven’t made a sale in a month. It’s the statement I declare when I’ve screwed up my meal plan, fumbled through a networking event, skipped a French lesson, messed up a song on my guitar. Yes it’s hard. Of course it’s hard. Suck it up buttercup. It’s worth it.