Patience & Tips on How to
Patience is the ability to tolerate waiting, delay, or frustration
without becoming agitated or
upset. It's the ability to be able to control your emotions or impulses
and proceed calmly when faced with difficulties. It comes from the
Latin word pati
which means to suffer, to endure,
Needless to say, patience
does not come easily to
most of us and it's probably harder now to be patient than historically
it has ever been.
In today's world of 'instant everything', technological
advancements and readily available credit have allowed us
to obtain, experience, and consume practically anything we
want - almost immediately. Do we even need
to be patient anymore?
Well, if we want to
reach our goals, have successful
and achieve personal peace, the
answer is a resounding yes!
Anything worthwhile and of importance cannot take place right
away. It takes time, dedication and effort to achieve; so even in this
day and age, patience is a virtue.
Benefits of Developing Patience
- Reduces stress levels and makes you a happier,
When you learn and practice patience you
don't get as angry,
stressed or overwhelmed. You are more in control of your emotions and
in a better position to deal with difficult situations with ease and
longevity and makes you a happier, healthier person.
- Results in better decision-making.
When you're patient you take the time to assess the situation, see the
picture, and weigh any pros and cons. The chances of making a big
because you avoid making it in haste. Taking the time to
problem solve requires patience and deliberation.
- Helps develop understanding, empathy and
You are automatically more understanding and compassionate with others
when you yourself are patient. Patient people take the time to process
what they go through and are able to determine what it takes to
overcome obstacles so they are more understanding of others. This
results in better, more fulfilling relationships with spouses, friends,
children and bosses.
- Helps you understand and appreciate the process of
As mentioned earlier anything worthwhile takes time and effort to
achieve. As the old saying goes "Rome wasn't built in a day." Planning,
growth, evaluation and measurement all take time, and taking time takes
on How to Develop Patience
- Take a day where you make patience your goal for
the entire day. Make a concerted effort to take your time and
think about everything you do, be mindful and live
in the moment. At the end of the day, observe all the ways in
which you've made smarter decisions, got along better with others and
actually understood what took place. Learn to do it on a daily basis.
Developing patience is much like physical exercise because it requires
persistence and effort.
- Slow down. If you have the tendency to
rush around and try to hurry things up, want things done immediately
and can't wait for things to take their natural course, STOP. Take
several deep breaths before you act or make a move. For example, if
you're in a long lineup at the grocery store or in heavy traffic, make
the decision to pause and not get worked up. Do some isometrics, listen
to the radio, or just enjoy the view. Getting impatient won't make
things move along any faster, so why get worked up for nothing?
- Practice delaying gratification. When
you want to reach for that dessert, second drink, or buying your tenth
pair of red shoes, stop and think about it first. Maybe you don't need
or want any of them that badly after all. You can save yourself some
money or added calories.
- Practice thinking before you speak. At
times we blurt out the first thought that comes into our heads without
considering the consequences. If we're patient, pause and go over what
we want to say, we can avoid hurting or offending others.
for which patience is a must:
Reaching most goals
Having a baby
professional career person such
as a doctor, lawyer,
Becoming a top athlete
Becoming a virtuoso in
The healing of any
Getting over loss or
Patience is definitely a valuable
to develop. It may appear to be passive,
however it is an active, purposeful and necessary form of self-discipline
Without patience many of our actions would be counter-productive and
ultimately much time and energy would be wasted spinning our wheels.
Surely, patience is a time-tested virtue.
on Developing Patience
Effective Goal Setting