By: Coach Ian Cutting
Training is a lot like life. In both, the roads towards progress and success are full of obstacles.
In life this could mean a surprise company move, being laid off, even the death of a pet or a loved one.
In training, you sometimes face injuries and accidents that prevent you from progressing to the next level. There are often months spent at a plateau, perhaps even in conjunction with those life events that all conspire to keep you away from the gym, longer than you’d like.
However, one thing that will keep you going is understanding and practicing patience.
The dictionary definition of patience is “The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
It is important to understand that health is a lifetime commitment and fitness is a lifelong work in progress.
In between mastering new movements or hitting new PRs there will be times when you get discouraged by a perceived lack of progress. You will get knocked down and scraped up. You will get caught up or called in to work, but the only way to guarantee that you’ll stop making progress is... if you stop working.
As long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, you will get further along than if you quit. Sometimes you might get slowed down, get thrown off track, hit bad weather but just keep going. The only way to make sure you are on the right track is to keep going.
Practicing patience means recognizing that you won’t be able to walk in to the gym and crush your workout, every time.
Practicing patience means accepting that sometimes things will come up, and when they do, you will do the best you can at that moment.
Practicing patience means seeing the bigger picture. You will experience ups and downs but not matter what never give up.
Work hard, roll over the speedbumps, treat obstacles as opportunities, and learn from every experience.
Patience has power, and learning to use it will help you continue moving forward.