“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” ~Napoleon Hill
So, it has been 2 weeks since I came clean with you. I am a food addict. A fill-up-my-mouth, anxiety-triggered, on-the-go foodie. Well, in my journey I have discovered a quality about myself that I’m not so in love with… I’m super impatient!!!
I want it now! Not tomorrow… Not in an hour… NOW!
And when I start on my trek towards achieving my goal, whether it’s growing out my hair, improving my running time, losing some fat stored on my body, or becoming an avid reader, I crash into an emotional heap inside when I don’t see results right away. I cry to myself about all the circumstances around me that are preventing me from being successful… enter thoughts from my head… “But what about that party you are going to…” “They spent so much effort making that…I should taste just a little…” “It’s my ‘cheat’ day…” “I deserve that…” “But I don’t have time…”
Some of you may not know this, but in February I decided to change my identity. I always despised running. Actually, dreaded it is a much better description. Then, one day, I decided I was going to become a runner. The picture above on the left is what I envision one day I think I should look like and feel like when I run. Woohoo!!! I’m running, and I LOVE IT!!! But, let’s be realistic…the pic on the right is a little closer to an accurate description of how I probably look and feel when I run. I’m not a Boston Qualifier yet, and every Saturday I get frustrated that my time is only slightly improving, and I have myself a little temper tantrum inside my head.
Over the last three weeks I’ve lost 8 pounds and 2 inches in my abdomen, I have seen my hair grow, improved my running time by 26 seconds, and picked up something to read more than the remote. I’ve had my fair share of slip ups, but through consistency, and knowing I’m accountable to you, I’m learning so much more than just how to say “NO”. I’m learning that when I don’t say “NO”, I can pick myself back up again, learn a little more about myself, and move on. Grace upon grace.
Next week I’ll be sharing with you some of the tips and tricks I am learning to keep myself going forward as I grow my “patience” muscles!
What goal do you have that you are impatiently trying to rush to? What do you do when you get frustrated? Share below so we can all support each other.