In this world of Fast Food, Hi-speed Internet, magic diet pills, etc, it is no surprise that I have developed a total lack of patience. Mostly it is patience with achieving my goals. Do you remember that little spoiled brat from "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", Veruca Salt? She sang an entire song titled "I Want it Now"!
I may not be singing this song and dancing around looking for my own Golden Egg, but sometimes my mind gets the best of me. Even though I realize that results take time, I want to be able to run a 21-min 5k NOW. I want to be able to break 4-hours in the marathon NOW. I want to lose 5 pounds NOW.
Luckily, over the years I have learned not to be too hard on myself. For me, it's very important that I do not compare myself to others. We follow some AMAZING runners on Facebook and Twitter and if I compared myself to them, then I would probably become very depressed. Instead, I keep a log of what I have done and compare today's me to last month's me.
I took a class on Buddhism and learned quite a bit about focusing on the present moment. I have to constantly remind myself that the journey is just as important as the destination.
Are you a patient person? When you struggle with being impatient, how to you readdress a situation?