A Little Patience Can Go A Long Way
[This post was originally featured in City Fit Girls newsletter #151 for the week of October 22, 2018.]
By Takia McClendon
Do you remember AOL Dial Up? You had to snag a trial disc, download the software onto Windows and then connect your computer to the internet (via dial up) when you wanted to surf the web. You could literally hear your computer slowly connecting while you waited patiently.
Those were the days. Now we can get internet and pretty much anything we want as quickly as we want it. Instead of taking a walk, we opt for ride share and instead of making plans to go to the mall, we use Amazon Prime to have items delivered the next day.
Since we don’t have to wait long for results in our digital lives, we tend to expect the same speed in our careers, relationships, and athletic training. However, this way of thinking increases the chance of making mistakes and overlooking details that could lead to results we don't want (stress, feeling overwhelmed, injuries, etc.). The reality is that some things still take time and by trying to speed them up, we risk the chance of hurting ourselves (or loved ones).
Here’s the thing, you have to put in the time, effort, and commitment to get the things you really want. Whether you’re waiting for a promotion, a romantic partner or a Boston Qualifier, you have to practice patience to get them. Not only will you eventually get the results you want, but you’ll also be a lot kinder to yourself and others along the way.
Is there an area in your life that you need to slow down or practice patience? For the next week, I challenge you to pick one area in your life where you need to do this the most. Take time to plan ahead, listen to feedback, and do the work. If you're up for the challenge, tag me on Instagram @cityfitgirls or @takiamcclendon and let me know your game plan!
Co-Founder, City Fit Girls