Do you remember the saying patience is a virtue? I looked up the work patience in the dictionary with a client yesterday. I am always blown away by the definition:
Patience: the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain WITHOUT complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. Whoa.
When you have been waiting for a long time for something to happen, for your dreams to come true, patience is a tough one. I am writing this today to re-inspire you to keep hanging in there. If you have been waiting a long time to reach a goal and you are doing everything you can possibly do, if you are truly talented at what you do or are totally prepared in every way to reach your goal- don’t give it up!
Maybe you are not sure of your talent, or you even know for sure that you probably are not up to reaching your goal for any reason- it is OKAY to give it up- and stop waiting to begin something new. (read The Dip by Seth Godin TODAY, if this is you- short book, big info!)
If you have determined that continuing to wait is the best idea, the trick is to figure out how to wait within the definition of patience. (see above)
What can you do while you are waiting?
-get better at what you are doing- study and practice- keep growing
-keep looking for opportunities to gain experience, make connections, network, etc and follow through on them
-write out the vision you are working to achieve and read it out loud every day
-focus on gratitude and be thankful on purpose for what is great in your life already- write them down each day
-have fun and enjoy the people, things and events in your life while you are waiting- your good energy sets many things in motion, many of which you can not predict
-read and listen to uplifting material to keep yourself out of discouragement
Most of all, make the most of the time you are waiting- the last thing you want to do is to look back with regret on unhappy months, years, etc. Everyday of your life is precious and is leading to that day when it all comes together. Keep your faith and keep moving forward – even and especially when you feel like being impatient- being annoyed, complaining, etc. Get through your waiting time gracefully- you will enjoy your life so much more!