Patience is a virtue. But in today's world of overnight fixes and products packaged with claims of providing a perfect body with minimal work, it is easy to forget how much time and effort goes into those physiques we aspire to. Take it easy on yourself. Know that each step you take gets you closer to your goal. Staying persistent can be difficult when your results don't appear immediately. Here are 4 things
to keep in mind:
1. Don’t obsess over the how or when. Instead, focus on your “why.
At the beginning, your energy will be high and your adrenaline is powering your actions. When the routine of everyday life starts to creep back in, and it will, remember why you started the journey in the first place. Remember how amazing you will look and feel. Remember how wonderful it will feel to accomplish your goals. Write it down somewhere you can see it every day. Get clear on the 'why' and nothing will stop you.
2. Keep an open mind
Think of fitness as a "choose your own adventure" where the rules are yours to make. Long term success requires you to have a routine that fits your lifestyle. Don't be afraid to try various eating or exercise strategies until you find one that is effortless to you.
3. Give doubt the cold shoulder and run away from the haters
Nothing can defeat your goals like negativity and negative people. If people in your life are knocking down your goals or getting in the way of your aspirations, run away! We are already filled with enough doubt (especially when we are new to something or just starting out) so a little bit more is definitely not what we need. Your success and dreams are more important that anyone else's opinion. Remove these negative people from your life as much as is necessary, put your head down and get back to work.
4. Stay in your lane
The more connected you are to your vision, the more likely you will be to show up. Sometimes a goal is not attainable. Not because of your efforts but because it isn't in line with who you are. If you can't work out 5 days a week, stop telling yourself you can, failing to and then feeling guilty. Cut back to 3 times. Remember, you make the rules. If you stay focused, you'll get there.
Do you have a hard time with patience? What are the things you do to combat it?