“Go hard or go home” is a saying we hear all the time in our society. This can stem from a sports player who is not giving 100% while in the game. This can be an employee who is getting paid to do a full time job but chooses to do less than average work. People will often mention that they want to live a healthier life, but find a way to avoid every opportunity that comes their way. The reason why the phrase “hard work pays off” is so difficult to achieve is because we expect the end result to happen almost immediately. Anything that we want to sustain as a lifestyle change takes time. It takes trial and error, a process that we try over and over until we master it. Getting it right the first time normally never happens, but during the times that we try to get it right, we find things that we were doing wrong and work to correct them. We learn not to do the same things over and over again and expect a different result.
What does working hard mean for you? What it does is that it provides an opportunity to achieve anything your heart desires. The goal of a better and healthier life becomes more of a reality. The light at the end of the tunnel becomes brighter and closer. The doors that were normally closed are now opening little by little. The workout that we once dreaded is now one of the highlights of our day. The body that you never thought you could have is now one of the bodies that everyone around you wants answers about.
The things you stand to gain from working hard are not only things that will be noticeable by people outside of your circle— most obviously physical transformations—but you'll also stand to benefit from a transformation of the heart. You'll notice how hard your drive and passion come in to play as you work toward your goals, and that's something to be proud of. This is something no one can ever take away from you. This is something that was not just handed to you, because it was earned by you.
Hard work takes dedication. Hard work takes commitment. Hard work takes a support team. Hard work takes time. When all of these come together, we get the one thing that comes with hard work: rewards.
This post about why hard work brings rewards was written by PumpUp member @inspiredone.