I was picking our daughter up from her taekwondo class yesterday and got to watch the instructor have a short chat with the kids at the end. They were discussing the theme of the month – PERSISTENCE. And he said that they have an important formula for achieving your goals:

PATIENCE + PERSISTENCE + PERSPIRATION = SUCCESS

It’s so simple but such an important message. It can apply to just about anything – fitness, work, starting a business…anything. To have success you need all three elements.

Patience

You need to be willing to stick it out. There’s no magic pill and overnight successes are a myth. If you’re starting something new, be prepared for it to take TIME before you see results. Even when I was in training for my coaching business, I was told “be here a year from now.” So many people want a get rich quick scheme and get frustrated that something worth having might actually take more than a month.

So many people starting a fitness journey go in with “this better work fast,” instead of working on lasting results. You want your fitness to be sustainable, so be prepared for it to take some time.

Persistence

It takes time, and because it takes time you need to be persistent. You need to keep going. You need to stay consistent and put in the work every single day. You can’t give up if you don’t see results in a week or even a month, stay persistent in chasing your goals and you WILL achieve them. It’s like the tale of the tortoise and the hare – the tortoise may have been slower but he (or she?) was persistent, he kept going, step by step and won the race.

Perspiration

Success takes WORK. Whether it’s literal sweat from a workout routine, or long hours building a business, it will take effort. Like I mentioned, there is no magic pill. EARN your goals. Do the work, push yourself, and earn that success. Don’t be afraid of a little sweat!

 

You’re not going to begin running one day and complete a half marathon the next. You need to be patient and trust the process, be persistent in your efforts, and do the work. Even this morning in my workout when it was getting tough, I heard these three words run through my head and it kept me going. It’s all about progress and getting better, every day.

It’s a simple lesson, and I am grateful that our kids are being taught this way in their class. I’m also grateful that I was there to hear it because although it’s simple, it’s important and worth being reminded of every so often.

Who knew a seven year old’s martial arts class could be so deep?

 

Here’s the video from my Facebook page that prompted me to write this post: