The Myth of Overnight Results

Lisbeth Essays, Fitness, Inspiration, Life, Motivation

Nothing happens overnight.

Well, nothing except the making of hangovers. Or great sex.

But let’s not digress. Most things don’t happen overnight, so don’t expect things to be undone overnight.

  • You don’t get strong overnight.
  • You don’t get lean overnight.
  • You don’t get better overnight.

You know what else is true?

  • You didn’t get weak overnight.
  • You didn’t get fat overnight.
  • You didn’t become anything overnight.

So why do we think we can have overnight results?


That’s what we hear from our society and so we learn to have these teeny weeny attention spans and — BOOM — we’re off in another direction.

How do I know this? Because I have a wee attention span. Every word that I’m typing I have to FORCE myself to pay attention to. I type the word “I” and my thoughts are already drifting off to yoga pants. Or deadlifts. Or deadlifts in yoga pants. You know how I am.

Did I ever show you my mind map? It’s not pretty.

But here’s the thing: if I can force myself to pay attention and achieve, so can you. I’m no miracle-maker. I just learned early in life how to work really hard and I practiced working really hard. I still do.

So what I need you to do now (what everyone in your life needs you to do now) is pay attention: to your life, to your workouts, to your nutrition, to your family, to your friends, to yoga pants. (Just making sure you’re still paying attention. Or that I am.)

3-2-1-FOCUS. Not a little. A LOT. On the most important projects in front of you. What are those? The health you have and the love you give. Without both of these things, all the money in the world doesn’t mean shit. Ask anyone over the age of 40. Then focus on making money and all of the other stuff in the cart that we keep trying to put in front of the horse.

So, focus and hit the gas. Just don’t drive off the road. Remember to use your turn signal. (Unless you’re in Massachusetts, where we all know using a turn signal is considered an unforgivable sign of weakness.)

Now stop reading and go out and kick ass.


Lisbeth Essays, Fitness, Inspiration, Life, Motivation

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