“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie

The fine message above can reinforce an invaluable fitness and life lesson: If we can’t find happiness in our current position, we won’t find it simply through achievement.

Note, I did not say that achievement can’t increase happiness. The difference here is important.

The critical word above is “can’t,” meaning, if we are unable to find any source of happiness or gratitude in the body that we are currently in, simply changing our body will not have lasting effects on our mind.

You may not love where you are. I get that completely.

But you must at least be able to experience some source of joy right now if you want to get anywhere positive that sticks.

So many people say that they’ll be happy once they lose weight.

Once they look “better.”

Once they get that person to notice them.

I’m here to tell you this way of thinking is a never ending cycle with no outcome that is in your favor.

Learn to be grateful with what you have, with where you are, and with who you are.

Any more will be a bonus.

Go achieve all that you can, but fulfillment is the ultimate win.