How long will you wait for something you really want?
Whether it’s a new car, a holiday, changing shape or getting fitter? Just how long do you want to put aside for it to happen?
I was reflecting on this yesterday as I took the day off and went to London with our younger daughter Sophie to see the show Hamilton.
I’ll be honest, I was completely unaware of this show. However Sophie has been living and dreaming this day for a very long time.
In late 2016 she heard about the show coming to London in November 2017 and kept her nose to the trail to find out when tickets would be available.
They became available early last year and last January she got her tickets for March 2018, they very quickly sold out. And then waited.
She’s had a birthday, graduated, spent a month in Edinburgh at the Fringe, moved back home, got a job, started to learn to drive, passed her driving test, found a place to move out to and, a day before her birthday again, got to go along to the show yesterday.
In that time she’s listened to the soundtrack and knows it inside out and sat there with tears running down her face as the show opened. It had certainly been worth the wait.
Waiting for anything we want is part of the process.
You can’t rush it.
You can’t rush when your tickets for a show are usable.
You can’t rush a University degree.
You can’t rush learning to drive (yes you can do an immersive week, but it’s still the same number of hours on the road).
You can’t rush how quickly you’ll lose weight or change shape or get fitter.
You’ve just got to get on with it and wait for the time to pass, the changes to happen and for it to appear.
Last year when I was introducing the Metabolic Balance programme to complement the Fit Camp side of what we offer at FastTrack I was ‘followed’ by one of our clients who was desperate to try it out.
Liz Davies wanted to do it, she wanted to get involved and she wanted to make sure that I knew about it!
In her own words she’d been unhappy with her size for all her adult life and was a professional dieter.
Here’s her story, in her own words as to how long she’s waited to get what she wants and how it’s been worth the wait.
We live in a society where fast is good, but instant is better. It leaves us forever feeling dissatisfied with life because we keep wanting the next (literally) quick fix.
Learn to slow down, to remember that we need to work for what we want. Sometimes things happen more quickly than we expected, but generally progress and success take time. And boy is it worth waiting for.
If you’d like to learn more about the Metabolic Balance programme I am running a free event this Sunday 18 March at 10.00 in Winnersh. The details are here, all you need to do is click the link to secure a place so I know how many seats to allow.
The goal has to start somewhere. With some action.
What are you going to do about yours today?
Have a great week.
P.S. The show was absolutely stunning. Even if you don’t like musicals I think you’d be hard pushed not to enjoy the music. It’s well known for incorporating hip-hop, rhythm and blues, pop music, soul music and traditional-style show tunes and the colour conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures in American history. Grab some tickets if you can!