Change does not happen overnight. Change takes months of consistency and hard work. Years of pushing yourself to your max and doing things even when you just don’t feel like it doing it. Nothing is easy and everything takes time.
We live in a world where we can get pretty much anything we want relatively fast. And it’s created this sense of urgency in everything we do. We want to lose 10 pounds in 5 days. We want to be able to do headstand after 1 week of practicing yoga. Let me just tell you now, that life is not sustainable. It’s not real. The work and time has to be put in if you want long term success. You could probably throw yourself up in a headstand after just a few yoga classes or drop a few pounds in a week but you wouldn’t have built the foundation it took to maintain that long term. You would soon crumble down or throw yourself into a rut or worse, delay your progress because you did too much, too fast, and too soon.
It’s so beautiful though — when someone dedicates an appropriate amount of time to something and accomplishes it. Even more so to someone who has spent a whole year working towards it, grinding at it, relentless and determined.
When I fall in love with something, like yoga or lifting, I want to be able to do it for the rest of my life. So short term goals are fun but I’m in it for the long haul, I want to be able to do these things when I’m 70 years old. With that in mind, I set appropriate goals for myself, I listen to my body when it needs a break and I honor my edge. I’m not scared to push myself but I respect that things take time. Foundation needs to be laid in order to build.
Build your foundation, trust your body and jump when it’s ready. You’ll know.