It seems that just about everything in this world is geared toward instant gratification.
Want love and a meaningful relationship? It’s only a click away.
Want to be thinner and more attractive? Take this pill.
Want to look younger and eliminate the signs of aging? There’s an injection for that. (Nevermind that botox is a botulinum toxin, a complex protein produced by a bacteria whose effect is as toxic as food poisoning.)
You see where I’m going this, right? … We equate anything that takes time as being slow & inefficient.
The reality is that most things that are of good quality take time.
Meaningful, healthy relationships take time to form.
Losing weight takes dedication to making good choices over time.
Even our own human life cycle is made to evolve over time.
So often, when we are making changes in our lives, we want to see results instantly. That’s what we’re accustomed to. When we don’t see the results right away, we get discouraged and think that what we’re doing must not be right and we try something else. When, in fact, the problem lies in our expectations and the pace at which we are moving.
My friend, Holley Gerth uses the metaphor of cycling with her husband. She’ll get on the bike and go at full speed almost instantly. Her enthusiasm and the momentum just take over & away she goes. But half way into the ride, she finds herself tired and out of breath. If she had only paced herself, that would not be the case.
We can do just about anything for short periods of time. The real test comes when the newness & our enthusiasm wear off and the momentum fades. Our lives are like those bike rides that Holley takes. Full of hills and valleys, ups and downs. Take your time. Set your pace and be mindful that there is more to changing than just this moment that you’re in.
Real change, meaningful change takes time.
Are the changes you are making ones that you can maintain over time? Are you setting yourself up to crash and burn, going full speed in the beginning and tiring out easily?