Patience.

Being patient in life is one of the most difficult things to achieve.

Alongside happiness, it is very tough to achieve patience and ultimately satisfaction from your achievements. If you are aware of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you will know that self-actualization is the peak and additionally the most difficult to reach.

maslow-pyramid

That is where patience comes into play. In life to be successful we must first achieve the basic requirements. Then the psychological needs and finally if we are really patient we can achieve self-actualization. But, first we must claw through the others:

Physiological needs, in the modern day a Job, a home and a consistent schedule. Safety needs, living in somewhere safe having good health and having a reliable future. Belongingness, having relationships, friendships and family! Esteem is a difficult one and is usually the peak of more people’s hierarchy. Esteem can only be

Physiological needs, in the modern day a Job, a home and a consistent schedule. Safety needs, living in somewhere safe having good health and having a reliable future. Belongingness, having relationships, friendships and family! Esteem is a difficult one and is usually the peak of more people’s hierarchy. Esteem can only be satisfied by accomplishments, whether that is through career, sport or family. Everyone measures their success and accomplishments differently, but, “achieveing” in life is what sets us apart from our evolutionary predecessors and will continually be more important as we progress culturally and societally.

Self-actualization, on the other hand, is rarely achieved. Even the greats of our society were cut short before achieving this. Look at some of the “greats” Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Dr King. They all accomplished great things and achieved endlessly. However, it is still difficult to say that they achieved their full potential or all of their goals. Well, sadly the reality is that there will never be enough minutes in an hour or hours in a day or days in our life to accomplish everything that you want. So rushing to the finish line and trying to accomplish everything that you want all at once is pointless.

Set goals, definitely. Seek them out daily, definitely. But, accept they will take time and success is rarely instantaneous.

Now you may be thinking how does this apply to powerlifting.

The answer is it doesn’t… It applies to everything.

You can’t be promoted to CEO on your first day at work.

And Unless you are a tank you probably won’t squat 1053 your first day in the gym!

So the difference between you and where you want to be is patience.

Well, patience and hard work. But, as long as you accept that the road to success is long and unwieldy. You will reach the goals that you desire. While self-actualization is achieving your potential, pursuing the road to actualization will provide you with the success you desire in life.

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