Imagine if in our small but determined brains as babies we spent only a few hours trying to walk upright before giving up and calling it a day?
This thought came to me recently when I had the opportunity to assist a great Coach and mentor, Christopher Sommer, in a weekend seminar for a strength and conditioning program called Gymnasticbodies. I was struck by how many of the students expected immediate progress - and I thought, why is it that we expect spontaneous mastery of a skill that we’ve never attempted before?
We live in a world that promotes immediate gratification and the desire for everything to go faster can be the result – especially in New York! As we discussed last week, in the course of our lives there are profound changes to how we move and feel, and we can’t always perform as we used to. Of course, remedying the situation is not an overnight process, and it’s all too easy to feel frustrated the minute we embark upon it. Could we take a different approach?
As fitness professionals we provide expertise and measurable results. We also act as coaches, helping our clients transform their limitations into strengths. In my own journey with Coach Sommer I’ve learned that progress takes time, and also, that having a little patience with myself (as well as others) goes a long way to achieving the results I want. As with the tortoise in ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’, our progress may appear agonizingly slow, but with patience and an experienced personal trainer, we’ll get to our destination a lot quicker than we thought!
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