It Takes Time

To reach a state of change that will move us beyond the unsatisfactory conditions we learn to improve upon will take time. Lasting change rarely happens as soon as we would like for it to, irrespective of how determined or how intelligent we might be. To change our course amid challenges, a great deal needs to occur together to realize the change you seek.

You decide that you want to lose ten pounds quickly and keep the weight off. To achieve this change, a solution might seem obvious to you. Stop stuffing yourself everyday with bad foods and then step on the scale each morning to track your weight loss.

We know that this crash diet will not produce the changed outcomes we desire in a sustainable manner. Critical factors such as the selection of cleaner food types, exercise, nutrition, current health, personal finances, stress, etc. and many others may dramatically impact the sustainable change you wish to make. You inherently know this, but you persist to overlook the complex realities of the change process anyway.

A quick “fix” does not produce real change. Real change takes time. Simply telling others to do things differently does not produce real change. Real change takes time. Inserting a new leader does not of itself produce real change. Real change takes time.

Think to plot your course with purpose, knowing you will have to learn and adapt with each of the many complex facets of why, how and what it is that you will need to do differently to accomplish sustainable and reliable change. Be rational and realistic in the change process knowing that you have much yet to learn and apply. Impatiently attempting to measure progress, such as stepping on the scale each day, is not necessarily a true indicator.

“When you plant seeds in the garden, you don’t dig them up every day to see if they have sprouted yet. You simply water them and clear away the weeds; you know that the seeds will grow in time. Abandon impatience and instead be content creating the causes for goodness; the results will come when they’re ready.” — Thubten Chodron —


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