Torres column: Patience is a key to success
When it comes to results, I am one of the people who want to see them fast. I remember after I got my two knee surgeries, I wanted to walk the next day. It was the same when one of my dogs had a herniated disc: I wanted him to walk normally within a week.
When I read about successful ideas and businesses, I want Custom Body Fitness to be covering all of Colorado. When I implement a new idea at Custom Body Fitness, I want it to be successful right away.
When new members join Custom Body Fitness, I want them to lose weight quickly, just as they do. I want my clients to understand all the concepts of weight loss in the first assessment. I want them to be strong and know all the exercises from the first day.
When I start reading a new book I want to finish it the same week. I want to know everything as soon as possible.
When I save and invest money, I want the money to duplicate in a couple of weeks. I want to be able to help all the dogs I can as soon as possible.
When it comes to patience, I am the most impatient person you will ever meet. However, many of my clients tell me that I am very patient. I have noticed that most human beings are impatient. This is one of the reasons we don’t get what we want and we are unhappy. We plant a seed hoping the next day the fruit has already grown. We don’t take the time to water it, protect it from pests and remove the weeds.
Many times we choose the fast and easy way to get what we want, paying the consequences of an illusion.
Mother Teresa said that patience is a virtue we develop — we aren’t born with it. I have come to understand this, and I have developed patience. Therefore, when I want all the results of the seed I just planted, I remind myself that patience gives me more than desperation does. Desperation turns off everything. Ask a woman if she will date a desperate guy.
Frustrations, bad decisions, disappointments and negative consequences are some of the effects of not being patient. There is nothing a patient person can’t get with action.
Weight loss is the same; we all want to change our bodies in days. But we often forget that it took time for neglect to change our body, and it would take at least the same amount of time to recuperate.
It is very easy to forget that weight loss requires time. So if you are ready to lose weight or you are already in the process, give it some thought and allow yourself a realistic amount of time to avoid disappointment, which could lead to dropping your efforts.
Start by being patient and understanding that weight loss is a process. Practice all the behavior that will lead to weight loss, just like you would take care of a seed that will bear the fruit you want, and soon enough you will be enjoying the results.
So far patience has worked for me. Not only have I achieved many of my goals and I am a good teacher because of it, but it has helped me to enjoy the process. I always remind myself, “What is the rush? What I want to do later, I’ll have time to do.”
Sandro Torres is owner of Custom Body Fitness in Carbondale, author of the book “Lose Weight Permanently” and a Watch Fit columnist. His column appears on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in Body & More.
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