To reap what we sow means that whatever we put out into the world will come back to us. If you are bad to others, people will be bad to you. If you are good to people, generally people will be good to you. From a workout perspective - don't expect results if you aren't putting in any effort and just going through the motions.
A farmer doesn't plant seeds and walk away expecting it to grow a full crop.
What ends up happening is hours and hours in the field, following a pretty specific regime:
- Get the soil ready to plant (make a place for the seeds or plants to be planted.
- Plant the crop.
- Cultivate the crop (Pull out and bury the weeds between plants).
An individual at a regular gym doesn't turn on the treadmill and sit down watching the walking belt go around and around and expect results (well. . . maybe they do), and the list of scenarios goes on and on.
There is no reason why we should expect that just because we put weight on a bar that we are doing work. Or that if we show up and go through the motions that things are going to change. Interestingly enough, just getting to the gym provides some sort of instant gratification to most folks. In the CrossFit community, once the hard work is accomplished, that instant gratification has transformed into something more tangible - ostensibly, a aura that surrounds folks like a shield. The glow is apparent after class - because of the time and effort put in during the workout. And the general confidence booster of being able to say, "I put all I had into that".
My favorite is the poop eating grin that folks have on their faces after that sense of fulfillment. "That was a burner" or "Good workout coach" being spoken between breaths as sweat runs down your face. Small high fives permeate the sound barrier in the gym and helping hands grab someone off the floor.
"Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy."
- Ralph Ransom