This is a guest article from Cornell Thomas, an american basketball coach and motivational speaker.
Patience is defined as “the level of endurance one can take before negativity”. January
2nd is usually the busiest time for most local gyms and YMCAs. People from all walks
of life sign up for new memberships ready to turn their New Years resolutions into a
reality. They come fully equipped with brand new running sneakers and their “Rocky”
playlist on the iPod. Somewhere around January 15th though something strange occurs.
These new gym enthusiasts realize that their goal of losing 40lbs isn’t happening fast
enough. Widespread panic infiltrates the gym and now the treadmill you used to have to
wait an hour to use is collecting dust.
What happened? Why do gyms all over the country turn into ghost towns two weeks
after new years? When I worked at the local YMCA I saw this phenomenon happen
every year. I finally came to the conclusion that most people don’t have the patience
to get past that first step. The first step in mostly everything in our lives is usually the
hardest one. When you jump out of the plane for the first time, it’s the moments before the jump
that are even scarier than the actual jump itself. Why? Because we anticipate failure. We
see the parachute not opening and have visions of our loved ones watching our demise
on national TV.
Most people that endure that first step get into a positive routine. Eventually they see
the rewards of sticking with it. They even start to question why it was so hard for them
to do it in the first place.
Enjoy the process and you’ll appreciate the product that much more. It all starts with
About Cornell Thomas:
Bio: Basketball Coach/Trainer owner of Crossroads Basketball LLC. Motivational Speaker/Life Coach.
“I was two weeks away from my dream. I just received a contract to play professional basketball in Europe and then disaster struck. I ruptured my achilles tendon which ultimately ended my playing career.My career has been a long and windy road that now has me coaching, training, and motivating kids/adults to be the best that they can be. The lessons that I’ve learned through basketball have played a crucial role in helping me get through adversity in life. I hope that by sharing my experiences and stories can do the same for you.”