We dissected the concepts of commitment and consistency and discussed the role each plays as we work towards our personal health/fitness goals.
Here in this blog, we continue with a third absolutely significant factor in reaching our goals; PATIENCE. As we work towards our goals, being patient is a must. Once a true commitment is established (one that yields lasting consistency), patience is what will see us through until the end. Let’s dive in with open minds and see the big picture here within a perspective of patience.
Patience is defined as the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as waiting/perseverance in the face of delay. Another definition is exhibiting forbearance when under strain or facing difficulties. As a fitness professional, I will be the first to tell you that you will face difficulty when working towards a goal. Whether that goal is weight loss, gaining muscle, athletic performance, or any other goal that requires frequent physical exertion, there will come time when you are in the face of delay. That is exactly why we must be patient.
When learning a skill, who better to learn from than the professional in the field of that skill?
Since we want to change our bodies, why don’t we look at how the professional does it? We are talking about the body builder. Now, I name them the professional not based on my admiration of the huge biceps but on their ability to change their bodies. Through experimenting and testing the internal workings and functions of the human body, these competitors know exactly how to massively change the state and appearance of their bodies. We may not be bodybuilders, but just as they do, we want to get our bodies to look better, feel better, and be better. And the truth is that it takes patience. The journey through health and fitness is not a sprint; it is a marathon with some bumps in the road. The average body builder begins his or her diet/training protocol four months before stepping on stage. This protocol is strict and it is no joke. By NO means am I suggesting you do exactly what they do. These individuals are professionals and have a passion for what they do. The point being made is that they operate in patience as they go towards the goal of being ready for the stage. What else could it be? How else could they train so hard (multiple times per day), monitoring every single calorie that goes into their bodies for a whole one third of a year? It is their Patience that sees them through until the end (to the stage.)
The obvious truth here is that most of us are not getting ready to step on stage to reveal our chiseled eight-pack. But in no way does that mean the importance of patience doesn’t apply to us on our own personal journey. May I just be real with you here; it’s a big “want it now, have it now” world out there, and if we are moving through our fitness journey with that perspective then we are in for a rude awakening. We all know the saying “Good things take time.” Well, goals are good things. So, goals take time. Be patient. If you are getting frustrated because you are not losing weight at the rate you expected, be patient. If you find yourself wanting to quit because no matter what you do you just can’t see any progress, don’t stop. Be patient. If you committed to your goal, but everything went totally downhill and you backslid and now you’re even worse off than when you started, keep going. Be patient. Our bodies are doing millions of miraculous things every second, but one thing the human body does not do is change in appearance overnight. It takes time.
In conclusion, as we strive to become stronger and healthier, we must consider PATIENCE as a virtue. Whether we are just getting started or if we’re well into our journey, the significance of patience is equally real. Patience is essential because changing our bodies takes time, just ask a bodybuilder. Being patient in the process will yield peace regardless of where we are on the journey. And from that peace will come the strength that it takes in order to keep going one more step.