In today’s society when everything is at our fingertips and a swipe or click away, we have become accustomed to instant gratification. Wanting what’s right in front of us now, vs looking ahead at the bigger picture. We want change now. We want to see the end results now. We want what we want when we want it. We want power and control. Sometimes our power comes from letting others take over and help, provide, and help you along the way. Truly strong and independent people make decisions based on what they want long term. Patience is power. Insta- everything, my friends is not real life, nor a healthy way of looking at the world. Don’t get me wrong, I am just as guilty as the next person. I get aggravated and upset when my phone doesn’t work in the millisecond I think it should, or the line at the store takes to long, or my gas pumps slow. I get frustrated in the gym when I think I should be better, faster, or go heavier. I get upset when I have a plan and it isn’t executed on the timeline I had planned in my head. I am guilty. I am also working hard to see the bigger picture, slow down from time to time take a step back, think long term while recognizing the process. The process may not be fun or sexy or go exactly how we had planned, but it is worth it.
Any major change that takes place in our lives is not going to happen overnight. Anything worth fighting for will take time, energy, and hard, hard work. It will NOT be instantaneous. It will be take day in and day out dedication. I know I need to do a better job of embracing even the littlest of changes. I went over last week how I start everyday with writing in my journal… well I have added something… “Todays win! ” Todays win in the gym, for me was part of a snail paced progression, but I have to celebrate it!! I did some kipping swings…. doesn’t sound like much,.,, and frankly its really not, but today I showed up, I tried and I succeeded with kipping swings. Progress to be celebrated.
I guess what I am trying to say is that in a world of cheetahs….recognize and celebrate the snail once in a while. Even the littlest win is a win. Progress is progress. If you do something today even a little bit better than yesterday….if you try something new, (even if you fail), if you recognize the small changes in a behavior, if you take a step back (which most of us will) but regain yourself for tomorrow…these are all wins!!