Well folks, today I couldn’t find a quote that was worth your while. That happens from time to time because my quote sources just don’t give me what I’m looking for. That being said, I did want to provide a little chat on patience.
We are “trained” to want everything instantly. Think about how easy it is to purchase things today. You go to Amazon or iTunes or some other shopping venue, click on something and it’s either automatically downloaded to your mobile device or it is shipped and at your home in a few days.
Obviously, this is an awesome aspect of our technological capability and one that is really convenient. The problem: We expect this same kind of ease and speed with everything. This is a difficult thing to deal with when you are pursuing a long-term goal like weight loss, writing a book, or earning a degree. These things all take a consistent effort over months and years to attain the final goal or product.
Think about the amount of time it took you to get the body you have. It took years. We don’t notice this because when you are satisfying your sweet tooth, the satisfaction we receive from eating these treats, overrides any sense we have about our health. Subsequently, we slowly but surely gain weight, get out of shape, and wake up one day when none of our clothes fit comfortably anymore.
How do we counter this aspect of our lives? Well, it’s hard. It’s hard because eating healthy takes adjustment. It’s hard because going to a gym and exercising takes adjustment. The key is to remember how long it took to get your body where it is today and realize it will take the same length of time to get back to where you were before you began gaining weight.
Patience is required when we pursue anything that requires a long-term commitment. Losing weight, learning a language, earning a degree, or even writing a book, requires consistent effort over time. What makes these types of commitments easier for me is the “compounding effect” that occurs when you stick with something. Reading a chapter a day yields 365 chapters a year. Exercising daily subtracts from our caloric intake. If you did 20 minutes of cardio every day and burned 100 calories, that’s 36,500 calories a year!
The next time you start losing motivation for doing something, go through this exercise. It will help you see the benefits of what you are doing and provide you the means to make one more step. This is a great way to really see what you are capable of accomplishing in a year.
Until next time…