Is training with us easy? No. Easy is for people who like the idea of reaching their goals but aren't really prepared to do what needs to be done. Easy is for those who like the idea, but fail to execute.
Does this mean every workout you must suffer? No. It means there will be plenty of challenges from eating right, to easy running when you don't feel like it, to getting out of bed when you'd rather sleep in.
Being great at something, no matter what it is, requires an uncommon commitment. That means it takes a special person because if the decision to do it was as easy as the day in and day out work required, the world would be a different place. It's uncommon because it's uncommon. You can choose to be uncommon, but if everyone had the guts to make that choice and be like a soldier: resilient, tenacious, routine - we'd be having a different conversation.
Here is what you need to do:
1. Create good habits. The more you train, the better your habit of training will be. Wake up at the same time every day and follow a consistent routine. If you only wake up once or twice a week early and the rest of the time you sleep in and start your day lazy, you'll find yourself exactly where you are in no time.
2. Cut out the people in your life that are poison to your goals. If 9 out of 10 people in a room are lazy and don't want to do anything, I guarantee that 1 in 10 will join them in no time. Likewise if 9 out of 10 people want to kick ass and take names, that 1 out of 10 will be inspired to do the same in no time.
3. Quit making excuses. If you want a reason to skip training, you'll find it. Then you'll find another. Then another. Ever give a moose a muffin? If you've read that book with your kids, you'll know exactly what I mean. Your muffin is your excuses. First you need more sleep, then you need to recover between workouts more often because you don't train enough, then you get sick because you don't train and don't sleep and exercise too infrequently, then you catch a stomach bug because . . . sound familiar? Why don't people who exercise every day have so many reasons not to exercise?