This is what comes with it

I was recently inspired by a podcast from one of my favorite authors and speakers. He was referencing a story and relating to following your calling. I’ve listened to the 10 minutes of the podcast at least 10 times in the week. He says that a mantra that he likes to use when something that he’s passionate about or dedicated to gets difficult is simply;


“This is what comes with it.”


“This is what comes with it.”


“This is what comes with it.”


The “it” is the thing that you want to do. In my field of health and wellness through fitness, a person’s “it” has been described in a number of ways.


“I want to lose weight.”

“I want to get stronger.”

“I want to be able to keep up with my kids.”

“I want to be more confident in front my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend.”

“I want to live longer.”

“I don’t want to be in pain.”

“I want more energy.”


The “this” of the mantra is the thing that you feel like to working against you. Some people may call these excuses or higher priorities. I’ve experienced “this” in various ways;


“This takes too much time.”

“It’s too expensive.”

“This is too hard.”


Regardless of what we call them, these are things that we allow to sink into our minds. Then comes the self doubt.


“Maybe I’m just meant to be this way.”

“I should just settle for this because it’s not going to get better.”

“I’m a failure.”

“Why am I even trying?”

“Who do I think I am?”


Remember, “This is what comes with it.”

You are attempting to change something. More than likely, you are attempting to change something that has been caused by certain behaviors over a number of years.

So here are some honest questions to ask yourself when you are doubting whether you should keep pursuing your goals:

Did I think that this would free from sweat and difficulty?

Did I think that everyone would support me?

Did I think that this would be easy?

Did I think that I would get a free pass?

Did I think that I would solve a problem that developed over YEARS in a matter of MONTHS?

I know that change is hard. I know that motivation comes and goes. Inspiration comes and goes. Results come and go. But none of that means that you quit. You get up the next morning and you commit ourselves to that day. You commit ourselves to our passion and purpose. You want to be happy and healthy? You want to be around to watch your kids and your grandkids grow up? You want to go on massive adventures around the world?

Do you truly want to choose your own adventure?

Then choose it and be ready for the obstacles and doubt. Not if it comes, but when it comes.

“This is what comes with it.”

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