The final priority is so important in tying the previous
twelve together. Along with Dedication and Consistency, Patience creates a
positive environment through which effective exercise, appropriate eating
habits, and acquiring the right information can metastasize results. Resetting
the body to function as an efficient machine takes time. Hurried, hasty, and
aggressive programs usually yield one of three things: Burnout, Temporary
Results, or Injury.
I don’t think it’s fair to say that most people lack patience
with everything, (“He’s such an impatient person!”), it’s just that when it
comes to the body, and taking care of it, there is so much misinformation
providing confusion instead of results. After being promised fast-simple-easy
gains, then to invest hard time, sweat, and often money, and to be left with
only marginal results is disappointing. It is confusion and disappointment that
cause people’s patience to wear thin.
On the other side of the coin, even if armed with the right
information and tactics, it still takes time to realize the body you want. Learning how to employ patience effectively
and realizing just how important a factor ‘keeping the boat level’ is will
definitely help you gain the upper hand on results and enjoy the journey.
I like Quotes because they usually provide the author’s
perspective on a topic in a short and sweet, concise manner. You’ve probably
heard the regular quotes on Patience: ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, ‘Patience
is a virtue’, etc., but what about these?
passion tamed” - J. Addison
“Patience is the ability to idle your
motor when you feel like stripping your gears”
“Only those who have the patience to do
simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily”
“Slow and Steady wins the race” -Aesop
“You will conquer by patience” -Motto
“In any contest between power and
patience, bet on patience” -W.B. Prescott
results come from continual rehearsal and positive reinforcement of effective strategies” -Bill The Urban Caveman
Factors To Enhance Patience
Contrary to popular opinion, getting lean is not about
weight loss, losing the belly, bulking up, or toning muscles. Making the
commitment to obtain a lean and efficient body requires you to acknowledge that
it is indeed a complete revamping of your lifestyle. All aspects of life come
together symbiotically to reinforce a commitment to health and fitness.
Mastery is the life-long attempt in the acquisition and
implementation of knowledge. Learning the best and most efficient way to take
care of the body makes things smooth, less stressful, and allows you to enjoy
“Mastery is not a final level of achievement. It is a
process of life-long learning that enhances awareness, perspective, and skill.”–Tom Purvis
Keep a Journal
Taking a moment to jot down what you have accomplished and
what you want to accomplish is a good way to stay on track and a nice
reflection later to see what happened, and when.
Accept Your Real Level of Dedication
If current circumstances allow you to only workout a couple
of times a week or you still want to eat pasta, grains, and bread, then you
know your results will be slow to come. Work, family, illness, and logistics
sometimes prevent one from committing fully. It is far better to accept current
conditions and start slow rather than jump all-in and fail.
I have clients rate their level of dedication on a scale of
1-10, then ask a few pertinent lifestyle questions to find out what the real
number is. The key to climbing the scale is finding ways to make just a couple
of positive changes weekly. It really isn’t that hard and can improve results
Being so vigilant about getting results can create a state
of mental angst and throw patience out the window. Take it easy and don’t blow
a circuit by taking a day off once in a while and enjoying some food or drink
that is not part of your regular protocol. I have a workout shirt (made by Lu Lu Lemon Athletica) that,
on the inside edge says: “Visualize Your Victory Realize Your Goals Believe In
Yourself And Make Sure to Drink A Beer Or Two Along The Way.” I couldn’t say it
Visualize Where You Want To Be In One Year
Similar to a journal but more visual and mental creates a
positive flow of dedication and the persistence to get it done.
Set Small Short-Term Goals
Goals for a Workout ~ Week ~ Diet ~ Month can be written
down and checked off. By the end of the year…wow!
Others could include:
- Hang a bikini or dress on the fridge as a reminder
- Running a lap around the school track in under 2m
- 20 Pushups or more
- Giving up bread
- Switching from morning oatmeal or cereal to a Morning Shake
Ask Others How They Did It
Approaching strangers who have been on the path a little
longer than yourself is easier than you think. Most will no only share what
they have done and offer advice, but become a friend with a lot in common.