Friday, April 27, 2012

I Want It Now!

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I got thinking today why I fail so often when I set out to do something for myself.  Very often, as I've said before, it's just plain old fear.  Sometimes, though, I'm really in to what I'm doing.  I'm so excited I can barely sleep at night.  Then, eventually, my excitement dwindles, my drive shifts into low gear, and my new project just sort of peters out.

I don't often think about it, I put in the clutch, change gears, and head off into some other project I can be excited about.  But lately I've been more and more frustrated with my inability to finish.  The only way I can describe my feelings as I lose interest is "Impatience."

I start exercising and I plateau but I want to hurry up and get fit enough to run a marathon.  I start on Weight Watchers and do great for a few weeks but then I want to have to buy new clothes and get out of the couch more easily (yes, I know the couch is probably part of the problem).  I already have cold sweats waiting for my excitement about this blog to fade.

I'm hoping now that I've recognized what I'm doing I can stop, think about the long haul, and make the journey be the goal.  I'm not going to be triathlon fit next week, but every day I get up and walk a little farther or do one more push-up is hitting my goal.

I'm not sure if what I described is really impatience.  Anyone else have a name for it?

1 comment:

  1. You really are my long lost brother. :) I suffer from this same thing.... I think alot of it is seeing how FAR we have to GO to reach our GOAL...and failing to recognize how far we've come (because sometimes progress is slow).

    That's what's amazing about triathlon...the gains are so steady, so there's a constant PROGRESS. Almost immediately, you'll see progress in the swim and bike. The run takes longer, but before you know it, you're running 2 miles, then 4 comfortably, and 6 and 9 and 13 (not all comfortably, but doably).

    For me, triathlon helps me STAY on task and goal of finishing my next race... because I see the progress. Just keep moving forward, keep your eye on your PROGRESS, not how far you have to go... and together, you and me will get there. :)