Lets face it. Doing what is best for us (eating right, exercising, etc.) isn’t always fun or motivating. So how can you actually develop the grit, endurance, and patients to get from seeing the life you desire to live to actually arriving there?
One thing I have learned, after having several major operations, is that being tough, refusing to take pain meds in order to increase your pain tolerance, does not work. What actually works is taking the pain meds before I was in pain. When I did that, I was actually able to get out of bed and complete my recovery exercises more often and for longer periods of time. This led to a faster recovery rate.
Developing emotional grit, patients, and endurance is no different. It can be a painful process, but it doesn’t have to be. The only thing that is different, is the anti-pain medicine. Instead of using acetaminophen or ibuprofen, your anti-emotional pain medicine will be sights, sounds, or experiences that create positive feelings. Become the gate keeper of your own mind. Listen to positive music, watch positive shows, gather and say positive quotes before you experience discouragement, disappointment or pain.