I have a confession to make. Patience is very difficult to me. I like things to move quickly. I don’t like delays. I don’t like to wait. Patience does not come easily for me.
I know I am not the only one who struggles with patience. It is a universal problem. We have become an impatient and oftentimes angry culture. We see it at work. We see it in school. We see it on the highways. Our culture is in constant hurry up mode.
Here’s the problem with our lack of patience. There are many things in life that just can’t be rushed. They will take time to achieve. Sometimes there will be signs of progress and other times we will need to just wait patiently for things to run their course. If we don’t develop patience then we might miss out altogether as we bail out just before the big breakthrough.
7 tips to develop patience
(from Steve Bagi’s post “Learning to Wait.”)
- Understand that some things just can’t happen TODAY!!!
- Believe that patience is truly a virtue.
- See the destructive side of impatience .. frustration, anger, strained relationships.
- Accept that patience can be very difficult.
- Keep focused on the end results and be prepared to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gains. In our “instant” and “self- gratifying” society it can be difficult to work hard at something for a long time before we see the rewards. Although having 2 minute noodles, instant coffee, faster internet access and credit cards with generous spending limits means that we can get what we want very quickly, patience and waiting are still necessary for the big and important items of life.
- Keep yourself occupied with other things and use the waiting time constructively.
- Practice contentment with the present instead of seeing that you will only be happy and successful when you have reached your goals.