Posted: February 10, 2020
Happy Monday Team!
Our message for this week centers around perseverance. Doing whatever it takes to achieve a set goal. The idea of perseverance is simple, just don't give up. However, most people find it difficult to just blindly persevere in the face of all odds. The interesting thing is that just about all humans are born with perseverance. Just look at how babies learn to walk. They don't just snap their fingers and stand up, instead it takes months of practice and lots of falling down before babies learn how to retain their balance. Just imagine if humanity, after trying to stand up once, just quit. We would be a society of Gorillas! This means that every person is capable of developing perseverance, yet still most people don't. This is due to a lack of strategy and lack of faith.
A lack of faith is caused by impatience. How often do people start trying to lose weight only to revert to their old habits because they don't see results? Part of accomplishing a goal is having faith in the process. Results take a long time to manifest and most people don't have the patience to stay committed if they feel something isn't working. The solution to this problem is having a strong enough reason to accomplish your goals. If a person doesn't have a strong enough why then their faith will falter, whereas a strong why has lead many a person to sucess.
The other problem many people face is explained well by Albert Einstein. "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Faith without strategy leads to failure. If one just blindly executes the same strategy with no room for correction then that person is doomed to failure. If we take the goal of losing weight and compare how different people have accomplished this goal, we will find a variety of weight loss startegies. People's bodies are different so no one diet works for everyone. If a person blindly commits to the wrong diet and continues on despite terrible results then their perseverance will eventually falter. Whereas if they shift their diet to better fit themselves, then persevering becomes easier and their goal more attainable. Do not be afraid to change a strategy.
- Sensei Steve