Motivational Monday: New Year, More Patience

 

Happy Motivational Monday, friends! I hope you all ushered in the new year with your loving friends and family. I honestly still can’t believe it’s 2017. That just sounds unbelievable to say, and perhaps it’s the unbelievable, the magical, the mystery that makes this year feel so…special. Or maybe it’s all the intentional goal-setting I’ve been doing. Who knows. The point is, however, that regardless of the negativity occurring all around the world, this year feels like it’s going to be my best one yet, and I hope you feel it too. Now, I should say I’m not like the usual folks who set resolutions, feel super excited about it for a few days, and then let it all fall to the waist side. No, wait. That’s exactly who I am, and I’m downright tired of it! One of the things I’ve always been super good at is not following through. In fact, I think I wrote about that a few months ago. This lack of following through has to do with a lack of patience, but there are 365 days in a year–what’s the hurry? We oftentimes overwhelm ourselves with unrealistic expectations and resolutions for the new year and want to rush through it all. It’s no wonder we don’t achieve our goals, so let’s do it right this time, okay?

 

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Motivational Monday: Practice Personal Patience

 

Patience (noun): The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. See also self-restraint, perseverance, and persistence.

I’m not a patient person. In fact, if I think about my life, it’s all just been a series of me failing at exercising patience. When I was younger, I took gymnastics, tennis, and piano. My parents spent a ridiculous amount of money to help me pursue these extracurricular activities, but I just didn’t have the “sticktoitiveness,” as my mom calls it. I also spent eighth-grade through, well, now struggling with my weight. From Weight Watchers to veganism to hiring a personal trainer (or two), I’ve tried diet after diet to permanently shed the weight, but failed for a number of reasons: I’m lazy and food is awesome are two obvious excuses; however, when I really look deeper, when I sit down and truly consider what my weight loss and extracurricular failures have in common it’s patience, or the lack thereof.

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Kermit Says: Get (Un)Funkdafied

I love a good routine. It’s practical. It’s fool-proof. It’s predictable. Get up, wash your face, brush your teeth, shower, get dressed, head to school, go to practice, come home, watch TV, eat dinner, do homework, go to bed. Repeat. What’s not to love about knowing what you have to do, when you have to do it, and doing it every single day? While following a set schedule (almost) guarantees you won’t miss a commitment, it’ll also guarantee you’ll miss something else–the joy and excitement of living life!

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