I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. When I start thinking too much about a particular subject, oftentimes I tend to take it to the extreme; in other words, I obsess about a topic.
Being a Type A personality, when I obsess about a topic it means I go full throttle until I either accomplish my mission, get bored or I don’t see immediate results/change. Once I get that out of my system, I move onto the next thing to think (obsess) about…and the cycle repeats itself.
Here’s a picture of a dog chasing its tail:
I’m a hurrier. Hurry up so we can move to the next topic and hurry up with that one once we get there. I’m a man of little patience when it comes to goals. I have to get it done NOW and I can’t wait!
By the grace of God, I have been able to accomplish more missions than fail, and I am thankful for that. And bless the Queen’s heart – she stands by and supports me in whatever I do, even though I tend to be a bit manic when I’m on one of my “missions”.
This latest mission – the gym. I recently saw some pictures of myself shirtless; You know how it is at SK dot com – Suns Out, Guns Out. Only this time, the guns didn’t appear to be loaded.
Time to obsess!
So I’ve been hitting the gym 6 days a week now for about 5 weeks. Cardio on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Weights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’m an early riser, so at 4:45am I’m up and by 5am I’m in the gym. Needless to say, I’m tired and impatient.
In the past, I’ve noticed small changes. But these changes weren’t happening for me as quickly as I wanted. So I worked harder, not smarter. By 10am, I’d realized that I’d overdone it. Then, as quickly as I started, I quit.
Not this time around. This time, the Lord is teaching me patience. It didn’t take a week for this little roll to form around my belly. It took months and months of delicious donuts, french fries, greasy cheeseburgers and lazy Saturdays. The guns didn’t deflate overnight, so I won’t be ripped and cut by Thursday. Maybe Thursday, December 18th, but not this Thursday. I keep telling myself that every time I take my shirt off and don’t immediately hear Handel’s Messiah.
I was diving with my good friend, Donnie this past weekend. Donnie is a beast in the water and hands down the best sheller I have ever met. The man knows the tides and how the water works and he has eyes like an eagle. The Jedi of the sea, if you will. Me, not so much. He’s been at it for years and has shown me so much in just the last two months (Thank you, D). However, the hurrier in me expects myself to be on his level immediately. Not in a competitive way – I do not compete with anyone but myself. But he has set the bar and I want to reach that bar.
In the words of Master Yoda, Patience, I do not have.
As I was diving, hurrying as I normally do, I wasn’t finding anything super spectacular. The occasional Shark’s Eye….an Apple Murex….a Lightning Whelk.I was getting frustrated after only a few minutes. That’s because I wasn’t being patient.
Then I felt a peace as I was in the water…..”Be patient”, the still small voice said. I surfaced and waited. After a minute or so of pondering that thought, I grabbed a deep breath, dove down and at my feet was a really nice Alphabet Cone.
Patience. Had I not been patient, I would have swam right over the thing. But patience allowed me to fill my shell bag that day. It was more full at the end of my dive than it had been in a few weeks.
Goals are accomplished not just with hard work, but hard work and consistency. Patient consistency. If you have a goal and you don’t see results right away, don’t quit! Be patient and you will get there.
They say patience is a virtue. A virtue is a behavior. Behavior is a learned trait. Be virtuous and learn to be patient. You will eventually accomplish what you set out to accomplish if you work hard, are patient and stay consistent.
Jacob waited 7 years for Rachel. I can wait six months for pecs like a Greek Adonis.
Galatians 6:9 reads, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
As my friend K-Lee says, “Never Give Up”.