Because what else would you title a post when you are 41 weeks pregnant?
Some say “Patience is a virtue” but so is going after what you want.
If you have watched “The Secret” or read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich” you know the power that your mind can have on your circumstances.
But positive thoughts alone will not necessarily have any impact. Trust me, I visualized and convinced myself I would go into labour on April 30th, but here I am on May 3rd still very pregnant.
I remember reading in Napoleon Hill’s book a story of a man who had been digging for gold and finally gave up right before he was about to hit it. And although I am sure Mr. Hill’s point is that you need to think positively and persevere, I couldn’t help but think about the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. When is it time to throw patience to the wind and take things into your own hands?
The truth is you have to find a balance between patience, the power of positive thoughts and taking actions within your control. One of the most frustrating things in life is feeling out of control and there are many circumstances that are, in fact, beyond our control. Going into labour naturally, for example. Losing weight can create a similar feeling. In times where you feel like you have no control, patience is important, but so is remembering that you do have control over two things: your thoughts and your actions.
Sometimes when it comes to fitness it feels like you are putting in a ton of work but you are not seeing the results you want. Positive thinking and patience can help. But no amount of positive thinking is going to burn off the calories of a giant Cinnabon and if you are doing the same exercise routine you have been doing since 1999, no amount of patience is going to give you different results. At the same time, some people will jump into a routine and give up after a week because they did not see the results they were looking for.
Fitness, just like everything else in life, takes a combination of patience, positive thinking and action. Without that balance you are bound to fail.
This has been a lesson for me to learn as I wait to go into labor. I have practiced positive thinking, I have taken action, now it is time for me to be patient and let go of what I cannot control.
What is hardest for you taking action, thinking positively or being patient?