This week I want to challenge all of my ambitious, driven, humbled and BEYOU-tiful young girls, teens and women reading this blog to include an extra dose of "patience" into your agenda. I know, I know, it is easier said than done but seriously, what worth anything comes easy?
See, when including patience into your day-to-day living, it tends to allow you time for strategic thinking and completely evaluating a situation. So easily do people jump to conclusions, assume and thoughts wander all over the place when they don't receive information or responses immediately. When adopting patience into your lifestyle, you tend to be okay with waiting until things calm down, putting you in a better position to analyze a situation or scenario a bit more logically.
We are living in a “now” culture. We have grown increasingly impatient expecting to have everything immediately, from information to relationships. We are not expecting to change the world overnight or even pressure anybody to do anything, all we can do is suggest and provide alternative avenues routes to your destination.
After doing a bit of research on how beneficial patience is to ones life, I found a few quite interesting advantages of patience that I thought you guys would like to know about.
- Character Development. Growth takes time, being patient develops us in a way nothing else can. We learn to master our impulses and responses when we develop a character of patience. We keep the long term in full view to avoid quick, short-sighted, short-term decisions.
- Skill Development. Especially in the area of skills, patience is an absolute must. When you think of Musicians, they have to practice and rehearse over and over and over again. They are very patient with their craft, may be irritating at times and frustrating but they don't give up on practicing and dedicating time to perfect their craft. When you are patient you're able to acquire more.
- Self awareness. Others can often see something about us that we are unable to see ourselves. Others can see what’s making us successful and what’s not, before we can see it ourselves. And once we have an awareness, it takes time to make changes. That’s why the most successful executives hire coaches. Coaches ask the powerful questions and offer the insightful observations that empower and equip you to move forward. Self-awareness is a process that takes time and patience.
- Building relationships. Authentic relationships take time and patience to grow and develop the strong bonds that withstand the test of time. It can’t be rushed. The more time you invest in a relationship, the more you discover about others and yourself. The same is true of personal and professional relationships alike.
- Developing the future. It takes patience to teach others and pass on a legacy. It’s why we have our children with us for eighteen years. Those eighteen years are to guide, nurture, develop and prepare the next generation of leaders. The same is true in professional relationships as well. When you take the time to be patient and teach others, you’re investing in the future; whether it’s your subordinates, peers, kids or a friend. You’re making the world a better place by sharing your knowledge in a tangible way. The pay-off is exponential as they in turn, develop others after them. Leaders develop more leaders.
- Prevents pre-mature growth. Premature growth isn’t sustainable. We need a strong foundation to support our growth, and that comes from the patience to build well from the beginning.
- Wisdom. Wisdom is a culmination of knowledge and experience and that must be earned through patience and growth. Talk with anyone who has been to a few rodeos and they will give you a list of what they would do differently if they had to do it all over again. That’s wisdom and it doesn’t come in a google search.
I have a question for all of our readers…
In which area of your life do you have the most patience? Which area do you lack patience?