Patience and Waiting are a Part of Your Work

Just because I want it now, doesn't mean I get it

The last few years, I’ve had some challenges in my journey.

Putting time and energy into projects that fizzle out, or not getting the results I had hoped for.

There were several times where I felt like I had gone down the wrong path completely.

When I arrived at those roadblocks, I didn’t handle them the best way I could.

Instead of learning from my work and trial and error, I would throw in the towel instead.

Paris Clock by Lesly Juarez

I’d cocoon myself. I’d fill my time with distractions. Seeing what other people were doing on Facebook. Or prioritizing lower level tasks that had nothing to do with moving forward on important and meaningful projects in my life.

Or a finding a million other distractions because I hurt and felt defeated. At times I felt like I wanted to take a 3-hour nap… all the time. I didn’t want to feel the pain of disappointment.

I think part of my issue was wanting immediate massive results without having to put in consistent, hard work.

More recently I’m realizing there is another part to putting in hard work.

There is a period of waiting. There is a period of patience.

As many times that we may have heard about “overnight successes”, in general, they just don’t occur.

It happens with farming. Planting the seeds is just one part of the process.

There’s watering and nurturing.

Then the harvest comes, after a period of time.

Patience, trust, faith.

These are qualities we must build into our work. We have to remind ourselves of it constantly.

Because we live in a society that promotes the idea of getting everything instantaneously. Instant streaming, on-demand, Amazon Prime Now!

We’ve got to build patience back into our work because it is a part of the process.

It’s a necessary part that builds our character and makes us stronger for what lays ahead.

Are you in a period of waiting? If so, how are you handling it, and what techniques are you using to be patient? Let me know in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

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