“They Don’t Expect Immediate Results”
This chapter delves into how you can’t expect immediate results in a lot of aspects of your life. Whether it’s weight loss, business, parenting, etc.; you have to work hard and continue whatever it is you’re doing before throwing in the towel and deciding it’s not working. If I had thrown in the towel the first time I was rejected from graduate school, I would have never gotten to where I am now. I hope you enjoy this post and remember that not everything has immediate results on your happy and healthy adventure. 🙂 ❤
Strategies for creating realistic expectations (238-239):
- Don’t underestimate how difficult change is
- Avoid placing a definite time limit on reaching your goal
- Don’t overestimate how much better the results will make your life
Measuring progress questions (241):
- How will I know if what I’m doing is working?
- What is a realistic time frame to see initial results?
- What kind of results can I realistically expect to see within one week, one month, six months, and one year?
- How will I know that I’m staying on track toward my goal?
Strategies to delay gratification (242-244):
- Keep your eyes on the prize
- Celebrate milestones along your journey
- Create a plan to resist temptation
- Deal with feelings of frustration and impatience in a healthy manner
- Pace yourself
“Reaching your full potential requires you to demonstrate willpower to resist short-term temptation. The ability to delay getting what you want now so you can get more later is instrumental to success” (244).
What’s Helpful (246):
- Creating realistic expectations about how long it will take to reach your goal and how difficult it will be
- Finding accurate ways to measure your progress
- Celebrating milestones along your journey
- Coping with negative feelings in healthy ways
- Developing a plan to help you resist temptation
- Pacing yourself for the long haul
What’s NOT Helpful (246-247):
- Expecting that you’ll see instant results
- Assuming that if things don’t get better right away, you’re not making progress
- Waiting until you get to the end of your journey to celebrate
- Allowing your frustration and impatience to affect your behavior
- Predicting that you have enough willpower to resist all forms of temptation
- Looking for shortcuts so you can avoid the work necessary to reach your goal
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