Every decision is a balancing act: Effort vs Reward.
Making the decision to change, to go down a difficult path, means your reasons to succeed have outweighed your excuses to fail. I’m still struggling with this myself, but every step in the right direction makes my resolve stronger for the next time.
I’ve read several books and articles about highly successful people and there’s one overwhelmingly common element: they WON’T give up, and they refuse to listen to even one million “No’s,” or one million voices saying “you’ll never succeed,” all they know is ‘try again’.
We can only be responsible for our own paths, our own results, our own successes or failures. In the end, reaching your goal will be that much more meaningful because it wasn’t easy. The day I literally made it to the top of this mountain, healthy enough to return to snow skiing at 53 years old, was the day I quit listening to my own voice that said “you’re too old and overweight to get back in shape.” Now all I hear is “what’s next?!”