Almost everything we do seems to be instant because of developments in technology. The microwave oven has revolutionised how cooking happens in the kitchen. We can access the news about any part of the world at a click of a button. We live in a world of “instants” and because of that, we think that everything in our lives should be instantaneous. When it comes to success, patience is the key, you need to have all the building blocks in place before you can reach your goals. This applies to building a business, nurturing a relationship, quitting addictions or creating your financial freedom.
Patience is time
People go to the gym expecting to lose weight in a week before that special wedding they are invited to. It takes time and patience to lose weight and those who change their look and feel, do this over time. Whatever you goal is in any area of your life, remember that it takes 6 months to build a Rolls-Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota. Great achievement takes time and those who succeed put a plan together and attach realistic time frames.
Patience takes discipline
People who lack discipline become victims of their own impatience and ultimately fail. This is common in the world of investing where people fail to exercise discipline and chase huge returns at an instant. In life as in investing, lack of self-control and discipline is a guaranteed recipe for failure. Warren Buffet put it succinctly when he said that “the stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient”.
Patience is an attitude
Being in traffic in Johannesburg is an interesting phenomenon and yet a test of attitude. It seems like everyone believes that their commitment and appointments for the day are better than everyone else’s. This results in behaviour of cutting corners and driving on the yellow lane. Most of the time, these are behaviours that result in accidents, fatalities and huge delays that we wanted to avoid in the first place. No matter what you do for your goals, learn from the word of Mr Miyagi that “never put passion in-front of principle, even if you win, you’ll lose”.
Patience equals endurance
People never succeed because they give up at the first sign of what appears to be failure. These are people who believe that success is a straight line between two points. The road to success is never linear, it takes patience to navigate from one low point to the next. There’s a common saying that there’s no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs. Unfortunately for most of us, this common sense is not common practice because we want instantaneous success like popcorn from the microwave.
Patience is a teacher
People look forward to the end game, however the best gift is who you become in the process. If you can’t be patient with yourself, then how can you be patient with anything or with anyone for that matter? By not being patient with yourself, you are bound to miss the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience. It also means not being prepared when the results come. Being patient is about setting up these building blocks for you to know what you will do with your financial freedom, what you will do with your relationships or with abundant time in your hands. Your patience or lack thereof reveals to you your true self.
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