No matter where you are in your business, there are certain traits that you just have to possess. You might just be starting out, or you might be close to retirement, thinking more about a succession plan. Maybe you are in the prime of your career and are looking to maintain consistency or get to the next level of success. Regardless of the stage of your business, or how long you have been working, one of the most important qualities that you must have is patience.
Patience is not something that comes very easily to many people, and a lot of us are going to have to become very good at practicing it. Once you master patience, your expectations and your stress levels change. You understand that progress and success take time. You are more willing to go through the motions to ensure that things are done right, and that quality is not compromised. On top of that, you feel better, both mentally and emotionally, which can have very positive health benefits in the long run.
When it comes to learning to become more patient, we also have to focus on where being patient is most beneficial in our lives. Not only do we have to be patient with our business goals and growth, but we have to be more patient with ourselves. We understand that when it comes to building a client base, increasing revenue, beefing up our marketing plans, etc., that it doesn’t happen overnight. We have to educate ourselves on how to build our business, put the right people around us, and then bust our tails each day to get the results that we want. So then the next question is, “If we are willing to be patient with our business, why aren’t we more patient with ourselves?”
Having patience with yourself is even more important than having patience with your business because you have to take the time to identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as learn from your mistakes. Believe me, there will be mistakes. You have to be ok with the learning process; you have to allow yourself to stumble and understand why you made the errors. You also need to figure out what some of the best alternatives are, and then incorporate them as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you recognize your mistakes, and then resolve not to repeat them, then that is all that you can expect of yourself. Remember, you are human; do not beat yourself up when you have slip-ups.
It is said that “Patience is a Virtue”, and it is just as true today as at any point in the past. When things slow down for you, you can see things more clearly; you gain more focus. We have to become really good at looking forward to success, but also at understanding that it will happen when it is supposed to happen. If we rush, and expect things to happen before the necessary steps are in place, we are setting ourselves up for heartache, disappointment, and frustration. Give yourself the gift of time and patience; become excited about your vision and your goals, but allow it to all come together when it is meant to. You will succeed; it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.