Every year at New Years, instead of making resolutions, I pick a word for the year.

This year, I chose “patience.”

I’m not entirely impatient; however, I do like to have things done fast because I get excited by life and possibilities, like a kid on Christmas morning.

For example, when I wrote my book, I thought the project would be done from start to finish in six months.

Nope. It took two years.

I’m glad it took a long time, as the finished product is something I’m super proud of because I took the time to do it right.

I didn’t hurry.

As a result of the current pandemic, it’s interesting the feeling of impatience that comes to the surface as everyone races to find a vaccine.

Except, you can’t rush science. It takes time.

That feeling of waiting is hard in this day and age when everything is so instant. With the click of a button, you can virtually have anything you want except for a cure.

I love science for this very reason.

It requires patience.

Yes, we all want COVID-19 to end, and we all want life to go back to “normal.” Some estimates are it might take as long as a year to find a stable vaccine that has few side effects.

A lot like your health, being impatient for a quick fix by dieting and exercise regimens in the short term, might feel like the right thing to do, except it’s not. The problem with this approach is that it’s not sustainable and can do greater damage to your future quality of life.

In my experience with coaching clients, everyone is different and unique when it comes to their skills, abilities, environment and goals.

What works over the long haul that is proven by science?

Keep it simple.

Experiment when you are curious but find something that meets your goals matches your values, and you can stick to long term. Exercise and diet are not a one time deal. Routine and small things make the biggest difference.

Your approach doesn’t need to be complicated; it needs to be consistent.

A 1% improvement daily in a healthy habit can make a massive difference throughout your life.  Finding safe and sustainable measures when it comes to your health requires patience.

You can’t be successful without having the mindset that it takes time.

Respect the process.

Keep well and stay safe.

 

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