Change takes time. But, you already knew that.
Or maybe you forgot. Because when the pain of a situation is great, it’s normal to become impatient for change. When we’re desperately wanting results, it can be really, really hard to wait it out.
Look back to a time in your life to see what I mean:
When was the last time you made a pretty big change? Think back to a time when you either changed your diet, did a detox, made a career change, experienced major weight loss, started an exercise program, made a relationship change, or anything else that comes to mind.
Think for a moment about where you were at (physically and/or emotionally) when you first started and why making that change was so important at the time.
Now, try to remember when you first started noticing results. Remember any other times when you noticed change, growth, or saw visible results in whatever you were doing.
How long did it take to notice that first subtle shift? Days, weeks, months? How about the next time?
How long did it take for you to believe — really believe – change might actually be coming?
Did you consider quitting any time along the way?
While some transformations are immediate (just ask my EFT tapping clients), others can take quite a while. To make matters worse, some things even get worse before they get better.
When making big change, a natural reaction is impatience. When results are slow to appear, we can lose faith that anything is happening at all. For many people, there’s a point when they simply decide to give up.
When reaching that level of frustration, especially if quitting is imminent, I recommend the following:
- Being kind to ourselves, since change truly isn’t easy. I’ve written about how to treat yourself like a good friend. At times like those, self-love and care is essential.
- Remembering that growth isn’t always pretty at first, but that it’s beautiful and worth it at the end.
- Having a reality check, by looking back to exactly where we started, and noticing how far we’ve come in a short period of time.
When clients tell me they’re struggling, I remind them of those 3 things and then we celebrate! Struggling is a signal of budding growth. Discomfort often precedes a major breakthrough.
If you stumble, bring yourself back to where you started from. It’s amazing how quickly this little reminder can be an an incentive to keep on going.
I designed this poster to be that reminder for you, too:
It says, “When I stumble, let me always remember where I started from”.
Keep moving forward,
As a coach, writer, recovered over-doer and busyness addict, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle while the mind tries to sabotage your success. In my journey to vibrant health, I created a personalized health system of nutrition and supplementation, lifestyle changes, and I retrained my mind and the energy of my body. I view my success as the formula to my happy, healthy life. I now empower other women to create their own personalized formulas, including the tools and strategies just right for them! Amazing life shifts come from our relationships. I look forward to helping you, too!