Discouraged by Lack of Progress?

Chinese BambooHave you made the commitment to change your diet and instill healthier habits?  Have you begun drinking more water or exercising 30 minutes every day or eliminating sugary junk food or eating a healthy breakfast daily?  Congratulations!  That’s awesome.

Did you expect to look and feel SO much different immediately and now after a few weeks you are discouraged because you aren’t experiencing the huge changes you expected?  I recently read about the Chinese Bamboo and I believe it will encourage you.

The Bamboo seed is a nut with very tough skin. After it’s planted, it must be watered and fertilized.  However, after the first year it seems “nothing is happening.”

In year two, watering and fertilization must continue.   Still it appears that “nothing is happening.”

This same process is repeated in years three and four and it still seems that “nothing is happening.”  You can sing to it, talk to it, tell it how beautiful it will be – but you will still see no change.

Fast forward to year five.  “All of a sudden,” stalks bursts through the ground and within six weeks the Bamboo grows 90 feet tall.  All the time it seemed nothing was happening, PLENTY was happening.  You just couldn’t see it!

 Bamboo tree

Success in any area of life, including health is very much like this.  If you are truly committed to making the changes, your patience may be tested.  You must stay committed and persistent even when you don’t see or feel any progress.  It all comes down to faith.  Do you really believe what you’ve chosen to do is worthwhile?  Is it in your best interests?  Will it benefit you? If you can honestly say yes to those questions, then stop looking for signs and just keep on doing the right thing.  All of a sudden the benefits will become obvious!

What health improvements have you tried to make that seem to be yielding no results?

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8 Responses to Discouraged by Lack of Progress?

  1. Great analogy–sometimes these things do take time! I am FEELING so much better after making some positive changes, but still feel like I don’t LOOK all that different. It does just take time!

    • amusico says:

      It is all a process and while you may not see much of a change – people that don’t see you every day probably will! Just don’t get discouraged. Feeling better is HUGE!

  2. Ann,

    I’ve heard about bamboo and I think that’s a great analogy. My sister recently told me another little tidbit about bushes and trees called “Sleep, Creep, Leap”. She said that the first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps and the third year it leaps. This is particularly true of fruit trees — you must wait 3 years to see the really visible results — the fruit of your labor.

    Have a Victorious Day!

  3. Cindy Hirch says:

    Really thought provoking content especially when you are feeling very stuck! Love it Ann!

  4. I love that analogy – it’s easy to give up when you don’t see progress. Weight loss certainly falls into that category many times – it’s much better to keep our eyes on the better goals of healthy eating and exercise rather than just a number. Focusing on the right things will yield the right results in time. I think parenting definitely falls into this category as well – many parents think their kinds aren’t listening, however they find out years later they really did. Never give up!

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