One of my all time favorite sayings is, "Fortune favors the bold." 

I love it because it drives the point home that whatever you do, you should do it with passion and vigor.  Anything less will turn up less-than-stellar results.  I also like the phrase, "You reap what you sow."  This brings farming pictures to mind and the idea that hard work pays off.  Either phrase alone makes me want to jump up and start doing stuff, but together ... it's a whole new ball game!

Fortune favors the bold. Whatever you do, you should do it with passion and vigor. Anything less will turn up less-than-stellar results.

The Universe is set up in such a way that whatever you put out there, you'll get it back.

If I head to the gym on a day that I'm scheduled to do a really hard workout, and I say, "You know, I'm really not feeling it today.  I don't want to be too sore tomorrow.  I'm just going to ride the recumbent bike today for 30 minutes."  That's what I'm putting out into the Universe.  I'm putting out a half-hearted effort.  And guess what I'll get back?  If I want the results, I have to be willing to take the bumps.

For years, as a trainer, I've had to endure people seeing fitness as purely recreational.  When it started to become about health, people would migrate to the low-intensity cardio because that was the "serious" thing to do, but high intensity cardio and strength training were still seen as superfluous.  

Now-a-days, people workout because it is expected of them, but they can't waste their time doing the high intensity stuff because (as one person once told me), "It's for kids!"  Well, I guess then, so are results because the only way to get them is by doing the "hard stuff" or the "kid stuff."


So, what about you?  Are you working out solely because it is what's expected, or are you working out to get results?

I, personally, would hate the idea logging all those hours on a stationary bike or a treadmill and have nothing to show for it.  The next time you're at the gym, don't just be there for show.  Be there because you are determined to get results.  Give it everything you have and you will reap what you sow.