Discouraged by Lack of Progress?
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Guest Post by Ann Musico of 3D Vitality Health Coaching
Have you made the commitment to change your diet and instill healthier habits? Have you begun drinking more water or exercising 30 minutes every day or eliminating sugary junk food or eating a healthy breakfast daily? Congratulations! That’s awesome.
Did you expect to look and feel SO much different immediately and now after a few weeks you are discouraged because you aren’t experiencing the huge changes you expected? I recently read about the Chinese Bamboo and I believe it will encourage you.
The Bamboo seed is a nut with very tough skin. After it’s planted, it must be watered and fertilized. However, after the first year it seems “nothing is happening.”
In year two, watering and fertilization must continue. Still it appears that “nothing is happening.”
This same process is repeated in years three and four and it still seems that “nothing is happening.” You can sing to it, talk to it, tell it how beautiful it will be – but you will still see no change.
Fast forward to year five. “All of a sudden,” stalks bursts through the ground and within six weeks the Bamboo grows 90 feet tall. All the time it seemed nothing was happening, PLENTY was happening. You just couldn’t see it!
Success in any area of life, including health is very much like this. If you are truly committed to making the changes, your patience may be tested. You must stay committed and persistent even when you don’t see or feel any progress. It all comes down to faith. Do you really believe what you’ve chosen to do is worthwhile? Is it in your best interests? Will it benefit you? If you can honestly say yes to those questions, then stop looking for signs and just keep on doing the right thing. All of a sudden the benefits will become obvious!
What health improvements have you tried to make that seem to be yielding no results?