Have you ever heard about the theory about frogs and boiling water? According to the theory, if you toss a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out immediately. However, if you put it in a pot of cool water and slowly bring the water to a boil, the frog won’t notice the temperature change – and eventually boil to death. Now I’ve never tried this, but according to Snopes – it isn’t true. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some value in the story.
Take your health, for example. If you suddenly woke up tomorrow morning and couldn’t walk across the room without losing your breath – you would be worried and call the doctor. You would get medicine, physical therapy, whatever it takes to get you up and going again. However, what if every day – over the course of a few years – you slowly got in worse shape? Maybe walking to the mailbox becomes tough. Then just walking down the hall to a co-workers office gets to be a workout. You might go for quite some time before you realized it was a problem.
That’s the problem with life – it often hits us with things gradually. You slowly gain weight, you slowly get less active, you slowly start reading less – and so on. (The one exception to this is how life seems to fly by as you get older – but that is another post for another day!)
Even when things are going well, they go slow. You start a new fitness routine and can’t understand why you aren’t in beach body shape by the end of the week. Again, it is a gradual change.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot we can do about the slow progress thing. Life is going to continue to roll on at a slow pace- that’s just how it works. The trick is to get your brain to accept that fact and stop worrying about the results. If you are driving across the country, you don’t focus on the city you are driving to, do you? No- you focus on the road that you are driving on at the moment. Sure, you are watching the road ahead – but only as far as you can see. There is no sense worrying about what exit you take to get downtown when you are still 300 miles away from the city.
So focus on the road you are traveling. Enjoy the scenery. Stop for the occasional drink and potty break. After all, the journey is more important than the destination.