Putting in the Work

It is an every day battle in my classroom.  When I give an assignment, more than one student will spend less than five minutes on it and then come up to my desk and demand to know, “Is this good?”  The answer is normally a resounding no, because the student has clearly not put in the work.  It continues with the response of the student, “But I did it.” 

Sigh…

Undoubtedly, they are a little unclear on the concept.  Just because you spent five whole minutes on it does not make it quality work; it is simply putting in minimal time.  It is putting in the work that makes all of the difference. 

Let’s face it – we live in a world of instant gratification.  ATM’s will spit out money any time of the day and night, pizza places will deliver at your whim, and if all else fails…google it…on any number of electronic devices at your fingertips.  Working, really working, for something seems to have become a bit of a foreign concept. 

But anything worth doing is worth putting in the work.  And I mean real work.

January is coming, and with it will be a slew of new resolutions to lose weight, exercise, become more organized, and so forth.  Some of those resolutions will be done with in less than a week because there are no instantaneous results for those, and people who tell you there can be are simply selling something.  Learning and change require you to put in the work.  You cannot expect to put in minimal work and get maximum results.  That is the stuff of infomercials. 

I’ve spent a year in Crossfit, and until cross country season got the better of me, was pretty good about being there three to five days a week, and sometimes twice a day when it was open gym.  I put in the work.  And for the first time ever, I am seeing results.  And is the work worth it?  Absolutely.

My family has also made significant changes to the way we eat.  We’ve had to learn to look at food differently.  And now, very little of what we eat comes out of a package.  We have to put in the work to prepare this food.  We are seeing results in the way we feel.  Is the work worth it?  Absolutely.

My husband also finished his degree this time last year.  Taking two or three classes at a time, working full time, and trying to spend time with the family was an almost impossible task.  And after years of hard work, he has that degree.  Was the work worth it?  Absolutely.

Nothing comes easily.  It takes time.  It takes effort.  It takes dedication, determination.  It sometimes means starting all over and trying again.

It takes work. 

But anything worth doing is worth putting in the work. 

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