Trust the Process

Olivia | 26 May 2020

The funny thing about progress is that it typically goes unnoticed. It takes patience and dedication and more often than not the results are not visible day-to-day.

Imagine that you wanted to lose weight and become a bit leaner so you decide to start working out and follow a calorie deficit. In the first couple of days or weeks, you begin to notice your body adapt to your new routine and you can see visible changes in the mirror. This makes you feel great about yourself and you decide to keep at it!

Over time, however, as your body grows accustom to your new activity the improvements stagnate. The law of diminishing returns kicks in and although you are making progress, you fail to see any changes in yourself. For many people, this is quite disheartening. After putting in all the effort, not seeing results can kill your motivation.

It’s at this moment that you start thinking back to all those desserts you could have while you look miserably down at the scale displaying the same number as last week. This is when many people give up and revert back to their old routines and habits. This is the make it or break it moment in your journey.

However, as the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” and it is important to remember that. When you are not seeing day-to-day progress you step back and look at the big picture. Ask your friends and family whether they notice a change in you. Keep a journal or a photo album of your progress so you don’t get tied up comparing day-to-day changes and instead are able to focus on longer-term improvements.

Regardless of what habit or skill you are trying to develop, be it physical fitness, learning the piano, or even becoming a better speaker, it’s really easy to get caught up and lost in your daily routines. Enjoy the journey and be patient. Believe in the process and set yourself measurable milestones that you can track and quantify easily.

“Habit is a cable; we weave a thread each day, and at last we cannot break it.” - Horace Mann