How To Achieve Greatness? Start By Being Patient
“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I'm sure you have heard the saying, good things come to those who wait. We've all heard similar sayings in our daily lives, but have you ever paused or reflected on the value that patience can bring to your life and business?
We already know that being impatient most often leads to poor work, rash decisions, and mistakes. It's even truer in the world we live in today because everything we see through the social media lens is instant gratification. We are always looking for workarounds, shortcuts, and quick fixes that will get us to where we want to be without actually putting the solid work in. Once we hit a roadblock or a snag, we call it quits because we're too impatient to deal with any setbacks.
However, the most successful people are the ones who are patient. They are the ones who work hard, work diligently, and are passionate about seeing their projects/goals getting finished. They know that they will most likely hit some roadblocks along the way, but are persistent and patient enough to realize that they are only minor setbacks in the grand scheme of things.
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Whether you are starting a new business, starting a new career, or even taking on a new habit, you got to always keep reminding yourself to be patient through the process. Like I mentioned above, it is very easy to get sidetracked and discouraged because we are so used to seeing these "overnight successes" pop up on social media every day. The thing we don't see is the hard work it took for that person to get there. We always highlight the wins, we rarely highlight the setbacks.
It's so often that we expect our business to take off within the first couple of months or year that when we hit a minor setback we want to call it quits. We're too used to expecting to have what we want when we want it, that we aren't patient enough to just do the work on a consistent basis and reap the benefits when it's time.
Being patient is a must-have requirement for attaining your goal you set for yourself or business. The sooner you realize that it can't be rushed or hurried, the sooner you will be on your way to achieving success. It's going to be a long-term commitment in which countless hours are going to need to be put into it until you can get to where you want to be. If you're patient, you know it is all part of the journey, if you're not patient, you'll likely throw in the towel after the first couple of setbacks.
Patience doesn't mean you don't have to do the work.
Some people get being patient confused with just sitting around and waiting for something to happen. That's not patience, that is idleness. Idleness won't get you anywhere, nothing is going to just fall into your lap. Whatever you set your goal out to be, you need to do the work. Just expecting it to work out in your favor isn't going to cut it. If anything, idleness just brings out more impatience and stress because you're not doing anything to work towards your goal.
Make an effort to slow down.
No matter how self-aware that we are, impatience sometimes gets the best of us. If you want to work on being more patient in your daily life, you need to learn how to slow down. We tend to be impatient when we are rushing through the day in an urgent state of mind. When we are feeling like this, it is super easy to be impatient when things don't the way that we planned.
When you want to slow down, you need to be more mindful of what is happening with yourself and your surroundings. One tool that has really helped me become more patient through time is meditation. I spend about 10 minutes every morning meditating before I do any work. It allows me to slow down, collect my thoughts, and prepare my day in the most efficient way without just going through the motions. However, like anything else, practicing mindfulness from meditation takes time and therefore requires patience. You won't suddenly be zen from one session, but the more you practice the more benefits you will start to notice.
If meditation isn't your thing, that is okay too. I have heard from other people that journaling and listening to calming music all help in the act of being mindful and knowing when to slow down.
Being patient isn't easy, but it's necessary.
I'm not going to lie, I'm still working on being patient. I'm an anxious person who always wants to have my question quickly answered, but I'm learning that being patient is the key to the equation. It's never fun not knowing when you're going to hear back from a potential client on a proposal, or feedback on a project that you're working on, but if there is one thing that I learned it is to just do good work, and the answer that you are searching for will come.