I don’t know about you, but I get amped every time I watch one of the old Rocky movies. When I was in junior high and high school I watched all five of them every summer. (I even watched Rocky V each summer, and anyone who has ever watched it knows how much dedication that takes to get through.)
I always found a way to get motivated when I watched the Rocky movies. I was always able to draw a connection between the struggles Rocky was going through and whatever I was doing at the time. Yesterday, I was thinking about how people procrastinate and put things off until “tomorrow” and I thought about some of my favorite movies.
In Rocky III, Rocky is training for a rematch against Clubber Lang (aka Mr. T). In their first fight together, Rocky was not prepared for the fight because he did not train properly. On top of that, on the day of the fight his long time trainer Mickey suffered some sort of a heart attack just before the fight. So Rocky was completely unfocused on top of being undertrained, as a result Clubber Lang whooped him pretty good.
After the fight, Rocky’s once rival Apollo Creed agreed to train him because the way he was used to fighting was not going to be good enough to beat Lang. During the training Rocky remained unfocused and afraid of dealing with what he had to in order to win. While Rocky and Apollo were sparing Rocky was completely unfocused and Apollo began to get frustrated as he had his way with Rocky in the ring. Rocky kept telling Apollo “Tomorrow. We’ll do it tomorrow.”
Rocky got caught in the trap of putting off the hard work until the elusive “tomorrow”. As Apollo was hitting Rocky in the head, all that Rocky could think about was finding a way to stop it, but “tomorrow”. He would rather keep getting hit in the head and deal with it tomorrow than to make it stop now. To that Apollo said “There is no tomorrow!”
We’ve heard that same thing before in a million different ways, but until we start to live like there really is no tomorrow we are going to keep squandering out potential. We continue to put the hard work off until “tomorrow”, and all that does is postpone the pay off.
Too often do people get caught up in putting things off because they are not easy. If we know we need to workout to lose 10 pounds, so many other things seem so much more important when it comes time to go to the gym. Suddenly those dishes in the sink just can’t sit there any longer. Or your movie collection absolutely needs to be re organized.
The reason we do this is because we are looking for short term gratification. We can see the results of cleaning the house right away. But sometimes we could go to the gym for weeks and not see a difference. The things that are most worth it take the most commitment. So stay on track and keep plugging away at those big goals cause “There is no tomorrow!”. You will succeed if you put the work in.
It’s time to be like Rocky and do some soul searching to find what really motivates us to take on our most difficult challenges. And in the end, just like Rocky went on to beat Clubber Lang after a long hard road of training and struggles with his inner demons, you will reach your goals and it will feel better than any short term gratification ever will.