Almost every day I feel like I have to be patient. However, I do not have patience. It’s not something that’s naturally wired into my brain. I might be the least patient person in the world. It’s kind of deadly storm of various factors… I tend to have a good sense when something is going to happen– although it’s hard to know when it will occur. I’m a really competitive person– 99% with just myself. I have a short temper and can get frustrated if things are moving “fast enough.”
It can be bad. Internally, I can say some pretty horrible things in my head when I’m not being patient enough. And externally, I can drive the people in my life crazy when I get frustrated about whatever. You know Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka? Yep. I may not be after chocolate and golden eggs, but that’s how I feel about my goals. Like, “Okay, it would be awesome if it could just happen now.”
Because I’m not naturally patient, I have to really work at it. It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but not being patient can actually derail my progress or prevent me from getting anything done in the first place.
Last week, during one of the panels I was on, I was responding to a question about how to stay motivated when you’re growing a blog audience. My response was to be patient (ha, easier said than done, I know…). I really do believe that patience is the real key– to stick with it even if it feels treacherous. My rewardStyle account consultant was on the panel too and she actually brought up the fact that I’m not that patient myself. #Busted. I definitely need to practice what I preach over here!! (Rest assured, I’m not immune to blogging frustration in the least.)
It actually was a bit of an eye-opener for me in that I may have checked off certain goals of mine in the past, but that doesn’t mean I can be any less patient both presently and in the future. If anything, it should have taught me the true importance of patience. I know, I know… patience is a virtue and everything. But patience is also a key part in the sweetness of success.
Have you ever received a gift from someone that you really loved? Big or small, the gifts are beautiful and I treasure them because of who gave it to me. But something that was earned? How amazing does that feel. The value at that point is way way way more than the face value of whatever it happens to be.
An earned goal, and especially one that took a long time, is kind of the best feeling. I personally can picture myself standing on top of a mountain, Rocky style when I accomplish something that I’ve been wanting for a while.
I’ve been even more impatient than normal recently, wanting timelines to move quicker, and goals to be reached faster. But I needed the reminder that I’ve been advising all along: patience is key.