There’s a quote I share with my clients on a regular basis. It comes from the book Grit by Angela Duckworth.
Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.
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If you have both, you’re unstoppable.
When it comes to weight loss, I get a lot of emails from people who are fired up, ready to change and enthusiastic.
They’ve got the energy & excitement part down but what they’re lacking is endurance.
Let’s look at that word: endurance.
the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina:
Do you have endurance?
When you look at your goals or that thing you want to achieve…
Do you persist in it’s pursuit through hardship?
Do you have the strength and ability to last, especially despite fatigue, stress or other adverse conditions?
Guys, endurance is something we have to train for.
When we look at runners, how do they develop endurance?
They go on increasingly long runs.
They push the limits of their ability to endure and therefore they increase their ability to persist.
Endurance must be trained.
If a runner gave up the second they started to feel tired or disengaged, would they develop endurance?
Of course not.
Neither will you.
The enthusiasm part is important too. Sure, it’s easy to get excited. It’s hard to stay excited.
But how likely is a runner to push through trials and struggles if they aren’t excited about what they’re trying to do? They won’t. That’s why most people aren’t endurance runners.
It kills me when my clients act like improving their health is a burden. A chore. Something they’re forcing themselves to pursue against their will.
Stop! You aren’t a victim of your ability to improve your life!
This is FOR you! It’s not something being done to you. This isn’t a sacrifice – it’s a gift!
I want you to choose enthusiasm while you pursue endurance.
What can you do today to build endurance?
How can you think about your goals as a gift and a blessing instead of as a burden?
Yes, enthusiasm is common and endurance is rare.
Develop both and you’ll be unstoppable.