Priority #13

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Be Patient

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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?

 

“Patience is passion tamed”  - J. Addison

 

“Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears”

-B. Johnson

 

“Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily” -J. Schiller

 

“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

 

“Permanent results come from continual rehearsal and positive reinforcement of effective strategies”  -Bill The Urban Caveman

 

Factors To Enhance Patience

 

Lifestyle Adaptation

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.

 

Practice Mastery

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 life.

 

“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 dramatically.

 

Reward Yourself

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 better.

 

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.