Is the effort worth the results?

Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar 2018 with words " Is the effort worth the results?"
Isn't it annoying when you are looking forward to something and it doesn't live up to your expectations? Is putting in the effort now worth it in the long run? Is the effort worth the results?
Isn’t it annoying when you are looking forward to something and it doesn’t live up to your expectations?
Marks & Spencer beauty advent calendar 2018
At this time of year my hair needs an extra something to put a bit of life back into it. One of the items I was looking forward to was the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer hair product.
I was so pleased that on the 5th day (today) I got the tube I’d been looking for. Yes I know I’m not a child and I could open all of the boxes to find it whenever I want but where is the fun in that! This could not be timed better, I’m going out tonight so I thought I could use it this morning. 
However, on reading the instructions I suddenly felt underwhelmed.
I had to apply it to my hair pre-conditioning – ok I can do that.
But then I have to cover my head in a plastic bag and hang around for 30 minutes to let the magic happen.
Well if you are like me, I wash my hair first thing in the morning in the shower, before rushing around with everything else I need to that day.
So now to use my ‘treat’, and have a good hair day, I have to get up half an hour earlier, well I’ve already missed that boat for today! And to be honest I prefer my bed to getting up early.
But it’s not just that. Firstly I have to wet my hair to apply the product. This means I need to get in the shower and get wet. I can then put the product on and then get dried, wander around for 30 minutes then get back in the shower to wash it off. I don’t know about you but that seems a bit of a faff.
I could of course wet my hair in the bath in the evening, and maybe even have a half hour soak whilst I’m at it, and then wash it off. That could work and may feel more of a luxury. But that then means I’m going to bed with great hair, but come the morning it will be a scary haystack again.
philip kingsley elasticiser

Am I expecting too much?

I know I am lucky to even have the product at all, and I sound really ungrateful, but when the treat requires so much effort and change to my routine then I have to start thinking is it really worth it.
But maybe the issue is that I am expecting great results from minimum effort. And therein lies the problem.
Falling victim to instant gratification is a problem we all share these days.
It is well known that putting effort into something makes the results even more precious. In fact it is proven that we feel more fulfilled when we contribute to something rather than just been given something.
So maybe carving out the time to make that special effort will be worth it. Both in having great hair and feeling worthwhile. I know I will appreciate and savour the results more if I have consciously spent time and effort to get the results rather than following my usual morning routine.
In a certain way it’s the same with diet plans. You build up your expectations that it is going to be the best thing ever. This time it is going to work. And then 1 week in you can’t face eggs for breakfast for yet another day, let alone the same for the next 4 weeks. So you give up.
But how much better would you feel in 4 weeks if you stuck with it and are now looking at yourself in the mirror in clothes that are a dress size too big.

Surely you would then feel that the effort is worth the results

Don’t focus on the short term pain, focus on the long term gain.

You can’t control the future but you can control how you shape it. Putting effort in NOW with small improvements in your lifestyle will manifest themselves tenfold in a week, month or year’s time.

Remember the old saying nothing will change if you change nothing.

I have the alarm set early for tomorrow.

I will have great hair.

I will make the effort.

I am worth it!

P.S. Why not take a look at our Ultimate Health and Fitness journal if you need help making those changes, and if you need help with your motivation take a look at our weight loss motivation post.

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