When I was younger I was always looking for a shortcut to success. I was desperate to find an easier way to lose weight, to gain muscle, to find a lifelong partner, or to make a six-figure salary, but I never wanted to put in the work required to achieve those things.
Once I discovered that wishing for a quick fix is never the answer, I began to focus my energy on realistic methods to achieve my goals. Though it wasn’t easy to admit that great results never come without hard work, in the end I learned some valuable lessons that have blessed my life for years.
If you’re tempted to give into the shortcuts to success all around you, I encourage you to read on and learn why the quick fix never works out in the end.
#1: It Takes a Minimum of 21 Days to Form a Habit
The problem with the quick fix is that it encourages us to do the bare minimum amount of work required to achieve a desired outcome, but when you’re dealing with a shortcut, the bare minimum is much less than what you find in the real world. For example, did you know it takes approximately 21 days to form a habit? If you have a goal to lose weight you need to stick to your diet and exercise plan for at least 21 days to begin seeing results, but you may be tempted to take a “magic bullet” diet pill that helps you lose weight while you go about your normal life. At the end of the day the diet pill is not helping you form long-term habits, so eventually you will revert back to your old ways and gain the weight back. This example deals with weight loss, but it is applicable to any situation you face in your life.
#2: Consistency is Key
If you want to build a multi-million dollar business, lose 50 pounds (and keep it off), or become a famous actor or actress, you have to be consistent with your effort. Unfortunately every shortcut to success that has ever existed encourages a person to cut corners to avoid having to put in work everyday, but no worthwhile goal is achieved by doing this. If you truly want to succeed in your life and live more abundantly, you have to be consistent about planning out your goals, keeping your commitments, and ultimately pushing through the challenges you face on a regular basis. A shortcut may initially make you feel like you’re making progress, but in the end you’ll just be moving backwards.
#3: Quick Fixes Never Last
Every time you pursue a quick fix you are setting yourself up for disappointment. It may not feel like it right now (you actually might feel pretty good), but eventually you will realize that taking the easy road made life more difficult in the end. The only way to truly find lasting happiness and success is to work for what you get, one step at a time. If it feels difficult, that’s because it’s supposed to be. Nothing good ever comes without sacrifice, and if you want success bad enough you’ll be willing to deal with temporary pain in order to achieve lasting satisfaction.