Instant Gratification Problems


We live in an instant gratification society, and no, that’s not a good thing. Everything from fast food to the lottery, to cell phones and Google, we have been taught over the last 20 years that things should come easy and fast. What’s happening is that this mentality and way of life is falsely teaching people that results with everything they do should happen quickly. That’s why you see so many “lose weight fast” diets and pills on the market today. Marketing companies aren’t idiots, and they know what now attracts people. Quick and easy is the way to go.

Getting Beyond Instant Gratification

There is a MAJOR flaw in this way of living. People expect quick and easy results with certain things, but those results never come. So what do they do? They move on to the next quick and easy thing, thinking it’s going to work for them next time. This happens over and over again to the point where people just give up all together because of constant let down and frustration. I’ve got news for you people, results with ANYTHING takes hard work, consistency, and TIME! Success doesn’t come easy. Sorry, but it’s the truth. If you want to succeed with fitness, business, and even your relationships, you have to throw out all notion of instant gratification.

Instant Gratification and Business

There is a reason I posted the picture above. It’s a picture of me riding in a boat in Bora Bora, Tahiti. At that moment I was rushed with emotion because I was actually there, in one of the most beautiful places in the entire world, and it’s something that I EARNED because of my hard work and commitment with the Beachbody business. If I would have believed in instant gratification when I first started as a Beachbody Coach, I wouldn’t have been in that spot at that time. No way, because I would have quit at the first time of struggle, of an obstacle or failure. But that’s not what I’ve been taught by my parents, grandparents, and personal development books. I knew that if I wanted to build a successful business from the ground up, it was going to call for a LOT of patience on my part. Trust me when I say this, patience and me do not go well together, never have, but I have learned to accept that it’s an important part of success. It took me an entire year to even remotely begin to understand the business, and another 6 months to make it a full time job. Even at that point, though, I was only making enough to support my family and pay my bills. However, because of my hard work and commitment to the business, I have been able to establish complete freedom for my family and I, and have been able to travel around the world and visit some of the most amazing places on this planet. If you want to succeed with your business, you’ve got to understand that instant gratification is not in the formula for success.

Instant Gratification and Fitness

As a Beachbody Coach, instant gratification has caused a lot of frustration on my end because I see way too many people give up too early when trying to get into shape. My job is to help people get results, but because we are such an instant gratification society, it’s hard to keep people motivated long enough to even begin to start seeing results. After 1 week of changing their diet, working out every day, being extremely sore, they don’t quite understand why they haven’t lost 40 lbs yet and begin to become frustrated. They question whether or not the program works, and then quit and move on to the next “lose weight fast” scheme. What they don’t understand is that if they gave it just a few more weeks, would have been a little more patient, they would have begun to experience some pretty drastic results. And then after the entire 90 days of 100% commitment, they could possibly have gotten into the best shape of their life. It happened to me, so I’m confident that it could happen to them as well. P90X changed my life back in 2008, but only because I was patient and committed ENTIRELY to both the workouts and the diet for 90 days straight. If you are trying to get into shape, understand that results will take time, and have a little PATIENCE! Also remember that it’s not going to come easy, but if you can commit every day to eating healthy, taking supplements like Shakeology, and work out to a program like P90X, the results WILL COME! Trust me, I have coached thousands and thousands of people, and the ones who throw out the idea of instant gratification are the ones who get the results.

I really hope this post has opened your eyes and shown you that if you want results with anything, you’ve got to work hard and commit yourself every single day over a long period of time. That’s just how it works with everything, from your health to your relationships. Throw out instant gratification and have some PATIENCE! If you have any questions or need help, feel free to email me at

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