By Tony Horton, creator of P90X®

We have become the United States of Quick Fixes.

Why are we so addicted to shortcuts, tricks, and magic potions? Far too many people in this country live in some kind of wannabe fantasyland. We're trying to keep up with the Joneses without working as hard as they do. This bigger, badder, and faster world doesn't give us an opportunity to stop and look at real and authentic ways to achieve greatness.

How many people have you talked to about Power 90® who, when they find out they have to exercise and eat right say, "Forget it!" There are millions of people in this country who have absolutely no clue that you have to work hard, take risks, and be willing to fail over and over again to earn what's worth having. Hard work, risk, and failure . . . "Forget it!"

This is a very sad commentary that reveals what we've become in this country. We have the best of the best in the U.S. of A., but we hold the record for the highest percentage of fat people. Why do we reach for drugs, alcohol, sex, food, lies, blame, anger, hate, guilt, and self-pity far more often than power, courage, discipline, forgiveness, wisdom, and self-reliance? We've become a bunch of crybabies, filled with excuses, blaming everyone else for our problems!

The freedoms and conveniences we now enjoy were fought for by men and women who didn't think twice when it came to working hard, taking risks, and failing over and over again. This generation's selfish, lethargic, "woe-is-me" mentality is creating a country filled with folks who live in a constant state of quiet desperation. Our ancestors worked very hard to create a world with less stress and strife. So why are we more stressed out than ever?

The pendulum has swung way too far in the wrong direction. It's time to stop all the bitching and moaning and wanting, and the just wishing and hoping and dreaming things will change. We need to start living in the real world and begin to take some responsibility for what goes on in our lives. It's time to start exploring and searching and devoting and sharing and growing and working for what you want in this world.

It's really a matter of right and wrong. We know the difference between the two, but we still fail to behave in ways that allow us to be great human beings.

Right Wrong
Work out Don't work out
Eat healthy Eat junk
Fail and try again Fail and quit
Persevere Blow it off
Forgive yourself Blame others
Listen Complain
Be kind Be right (all the time)
Find out what you love Ignore your greatness

This is a short list, but I think you get the point.

The list on the right will lead you down the road of endless short-lived pleasures that result in lifelong pain, fear, and sadness. The list on the left (which can be hard at first) will open you up to a world filled with happiness, joy, and fulfillment.

You might want to ask yourself how history will see you after you're gone. If you don't like the answer today, then it might be time to do the right thing.


Tony H.