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|Posted on 16 October, 2013 at 22:25|
I was chatting with a friend and client the other day, and something she said struck me and has been with me since.
A chronic 'dieter', for the first time in her life this friend is experiencing slow and steady weight loss by making small, but healthy changes to her lifestyle each week. After jumping off the scales 400g lighter than she was the previous week she sighed and said, 'I know it's good, I just need to have patience'.
Patience is a word today's society almost frowns upon. Patience is not sexy, it doesn't provide instant gratification, it is not glamorous. But this is where the lie, if I may - lies.
Patience, in small regular doses is the reason for the greatest achievements and often provides the greatest rewards. Did Micheal Angelo make history by doing a 'The Block NZ' seven-day room make over? Do marathon runners achieve their personal bests (or even finish the race) without patience while pounding the streets during endless training runs?Patience is how a small child learns coordination while clumsily missing the hole for the puzzle piece, time and time again. Patience is how a person loses weight and keeps it off - FOR GOOD. Unlike a FAD diet that may provide instant results, only to see all the weight (and more) come back on in a few weeks time.
Love is patient - 1 Corinthians 13:4.
Is lack of patience getting in the way of achieving your life's dreams and goals? Do you sabotage these things by quitting or 'trying something different', just when you're about to see results? This week remind yourself - patience may be just the thing you need, to get you there in the end