General George S. Patton had a saying that "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war."
And while we shouldn't sweat the small and unimportant stuff in life, we also can't afford to overlook those things that are really important like our health, spiritual well-being, modest prosperity to care for ourselves and loved ones, and of course ensuring freedom and justice for all people.
It's a balancing act to do everything and it takes hard work to try and be successful on so many fronts of life.
Some success strategies:
- Be aware of what's going on around you--we live in a dynamic world and things are constantly changing.
- Work hard to always have a positive impact--it's too easy to be negative and cynical, give up trying, and throw in the towel.
- Learn from mistakes--everyone makes them.
- Hope for the best, but also train and prepare for the worst--because you never really know.
Overall, I think the picture above says it well: It's better to sweat in training, than bleed in battle.
So listen to the General: sweat now--really work it and don't be afraid to push your limits--you'll be glad you did, when the time comes and it really counts. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)