1. It takes time to learn the movements. Rome wasn't built in a day. It takes some people years to learn the fundamentals of the Olympic lifts. Years!
2. It takes time to become proficient in the movements. It took me about 5 years to develop my squat. 5 years!
3. It takes time to develop strength, true strength. Ever wonder how your dad developed those Popeye forearms? A LIFETIME of doing stuff… a lifetime. Think about that for a minute… 40 years, 50?
4. It takes time to develop flexibility. This one is the most obvious. I've been working on my flexibility for what, 15 years. It's still not where I want it to be, and probably won't ever!
And what does it take to have patience?
Patience takes courage. In your journey, you will stumble and fall, it's part of the process. It takes strength and courage to stand back up, dust yourself off, and keep going. For true mastery, quitting isn't an option.
Patience takes discipline. It's easy to let yourself off the hook when you wake up in the morning and "don't feel like it", or are "too wiped out" after work. Excuses are a dime a dozen - funny how you never hear a true master offer an excuse. He is there day after day, week after week, month after month, practicing his craft, showing up, making it count.
Patience takes practice. How do I know? Because I've been practicing fitness since I was a freshman in college - 30 years. I've had many failures, some successes, lots of time off, injuries and sickness, and lots and lots and lots of long stretches of uneventful, boring, mundane training. Many times without seeing results for months or even years.
Next time you start feeling like you should be "getting it" faster, or after 6 months of doing this, you're not where you think you should be, consider how long it takes for most people; you're probably moving right along, exactly where you're supposed to be.
Eat for growth, train for strength, live for the MOMENT.