Let’s be honest – the chances of you landing a Gary the first time you set out to catch one will be slim to none (but if you did, high five!).
For the sake of this blog, let’s pretend you’re in search mode. It could be day one, day 10, day 847. Giving up is not an option because you made a commitment to yourself to find a Gary and won’t settle for anything less.
Depending how far along you are in your quest for Gary, you might have realized a few things: a) finding Gary isn’t easy; b) you are growing increasingly frustrated (unless you are one of those naturally patient people who I can only dream of relating to); c) your friends think you simply have ridiculous standards and believe you should just eenie, meenie, miney, mo someone already, or – gasp! – d) you’re thinking of actually listening to them.
Here’s the thing: finding Gary takes dedicated effort. It’s kinda like the same type of dedicated effort you’d need if you were embarking on a lifestyle change (I’m not a fan of the word diet, but we’re not going to get into that here) or exercise program. You’re full of pumped up positivity and focus. You’re going to blast that extra weight off within two days of overhauling your dietary choices, you’re going to totally bend into head to foot pose on the first try, you’re going to run 15 kilometres the first time you lace up your sneakers.
You have to give yourself time to see results. If you threw in the towel on your third day of eating healthy in exchange for a big bag of Cool Ranch Doritos (do they still make Cool Ranch Doritos? I was a sour cream ’n’ onion gal, but they had to be Ruffles. I’m so off topic) and continued to eat junk, you’re never going to achieve what really matters to you. You’re never going to be happy. Bumps in the road will exist, but you can’t let them permanently force you off the pavement.
Now you might say comparing the road to getting Gary and the road to losing weight aren’t in the same league. If you stick to a healthy meal and exercise plan you are all but guaranteed to be rewarded with change for the better. If you stick with the mindset of finding Gary, it’s not a guarantee your efforts will pay off.
But here’s the thing: positivity, dedication, and effort are at the core of the scenarios. You are bettering yourself by making healthy, dedicated choices. A positive mind can work wonders, and might attract you to people (Gary, perhaps?) you would not have met otherwise.
Dedicated effort might seem daunting, but fingers crossed won’t leave you wanting.
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