We've all heard it said that when you cheat on a test or something, you are only cheating yourself. I agree whole-heartedly with that statement. I mean, think about it. When you go to football, or basketball, or dance practice (whatever it may be) you go to get better at that particular activity. If you don't work hard, you aren't going to improve. It's a simple enough concept.
However, when I was younger I didn't always want to practice. Practices certainly aren't as fun as games. Sometimes, we just want to do the fun things, we want to skip ahead to the finished product without all the hard work in between. President Thomas S. Monson said, "Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey . . . One day each of us will run out of tomorrows."1 As we work towards becoming more like our Savior Jesus Christ we should follow the prophet's counsel and find joy in the journey. Don't cheat yourself of happiness in this life and the life to come.
1. Finding Joy in the Journey, by President Thomas S. Monson