So, I’ve been trying this new thing…You may have heard of it
Its called patience.
Patience with myself and patience with others.
We live in a world where we just expect things to come fast…
Seriously… I can talk to someone in Australia in the same amount of time that I can talk to my girlfriend down the street. I can get a package delivered to my house in 24 hours because I’m too lazy to get off my butt and drive to the store to pick it up. I can Google “how to be skinny in a day” and I’m going to get 274 MILLION results in .34 seconds (this is an accurate number I just tried it).
Now don’t get me wrong, I think its awesome that we have access to and that our society is capable of all these things. BUT it scares the crap out of me because people (myself included) lose sight of the value of patience and hard work. When something doesn’t work exactly the way we want it to, we give up and try the next best thing on the shelf. We are so quick to call it quits on something (or someone) because we have so many other options at our disposal.
FACT: I have never been a patient person
Don’t let me fool you. Up until recently, when I decided that I wanted something.. I wanted it right then and there. Waiting was not an option.
Example: My Health
I wanted to lose weight… I did.
i lost 70 pounds in 8 months
(and guess how well that worked out for me!!! if you don’t know the answer to this, please go back and read my story)
1. PATIENCE, hard work, and consistency are the keys to a healthy lifestyle
“Morgan I’m going out this weekend and I need to fit into this little black dress… how do I do it?!”
Google “How to Be Skinny in a Day” and read one of the 274 million tips that you find.
I’m going to be blunt. I will work with absolutely anyone that asks for my help and guidance to get their life on track, jump start a healthy lifestyle, workout tips, meal plan ideas, etc. What I WONT do is give you a “quick fix” fad diet plan to get you “skinny” in a week. I have been there. I have tried every fad diet under the sun… and it landed me in a very dark hole. It took me long time to dig myself out, but I did it. And I refuse to toss anyone back into where I once was.
Health is a process. It takes time. You did not gain all the weight overnight, you cant expect to lose it all overnight. Slow progress is healthy progress…
Healthy on the inside first and the outside with follow…its as simple as that.
So whats the first step??
DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT AND GO GET IT!
Stop waiting for tomorrow. Tomorrow is never promised. Make today count!
Above: May to September. CONSISTENT diet and supplement plan. Working out regularly but not overdoing it. And being patient and TRUSTING the plan.
2. PATIENCE builds relationships
If you haven’t gathered it by now, I am a very blunt & sarcastic person. Its part of my personality & sense of humor (I give my mom full credit for this! love you xoxo).
HOWEVER.. I have recently learned that there is a time and place for sarcasm and it is something that needs to be put aside when taking on a coaching or leadership position.
Being patient with others and appreciating that they are coming to you for help is one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned. Is there times when I get questions and I want to snap back with a sarcastic “are you kidding” type of response? Absolutely.
But I don’t…. I usually set my phone down, take a couple minutes, realize that I was once in their shoes, and answer in the same way that I would want to be answered.
If you’re a coach or in some type of leadership position, realize that you have the power to change a life. Don’t ruin that with one sarcastic, unsympathetic text or comment. Take a second and put yourself in their shoes. They want to change some aspect of their life and they look up to YOU for guidance. This is your opportunity to be a positive role model and inspiration. And honestly what greater gift in the world is there….??
Spark Notes: What Did We Learn??
Slow down, appreciate the value of hard work and respect the people that come to you for help. Patience will reward you in ways that you would never have thought possible!