7 WAYS TO INCREASE “PATIENCE”
“Try and try until you succeed”, “Never Give Up”. We have heard this so many times in our lives right from our childhood. We all know that if we stick to some task diligently and put over the best effort, it would surely yield positive results. But the problem with the current generation is that they are not patient enough. If we consider “patience” as a muscle, then this muscle has become very weak in all of us.
The temptation to try too many things and to experiment too much has made this muscle very weak in us. And unfortunately, it is becoming weaker and weaker by the day. So is there any solution to it? Can we make our patience muscle strong again? I have listed down 7 ways where we can empower our “Patience” muscle and become successful in life.
1. Have a clear vision and purpose of your life.
There are so many alternatives available for people these days that they are not sure which one suits them best. People keep on wasting moment after moment doing most of the things which are of no use to them. Whenever a new person gives them any advice, without thinking they try to incorporate that in their own life. At the end of the day, without a proper vision, one cannot achieve anything and every time a person fails, he becomes frustrated, thereby making this patience muscle weaker. We need to have a proper vision, long term as well as short term and move forward, in that direction instead of wandering aimlessly in our lives.
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.- Anonymous
2. There are no short cuts to success.
People do not have clarity about what they want in their life. They do not have proper focus and they keep on experimenting. They keep on searching for some short cuts in their life which never exist. Let us take an example of that. Previously an employee who once joined an organization would work there for many years and would become skilled at his work. But these days to earn more money, people keep on switching jobs whenever somebody offers them a higher pay scale. But at the end of the day, he becomes frustrated and all stressed up by adjusting to the new environment and new people. No matter how hard a mother tries, a child will only be born after 9 months and there are no short cuts for that.
3. Study the life of great people and processes they follow..
Try to study the life of highly successful people. If you study their life from the beginning you will realize how much struggle they would have endured when they started their work. But they kept on working hard, they were patient, they never gave up and in the end, they ended up being victorious. Let us take an example of this. The Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, used to sell tea at the railway station. But he had a burning desire to become successful and after years of struggle and by keeping patience he climbed the highest ladder to success.
Stay patient and trust the journey – Anonymous
4. Do not try too many things.
If a woodcutter wants to cut a tree, he knows what he has to do. He has to pick a sharp axe and pound the wood as hard as possible. Is there any need to try different things? Does it make sense to try different axes or try any other fancy method? Keep the method simple, processes clear, and make sure you do not get carried away by many available options and too much unnecessary advice given by people. If some change in strategy is required, be flexible but make sure you do not keep on changing too often and confusing yourself.
5. Too much social media.
Constantly keeping a watch on social media can be very harmful in weakening our patience muscle. We keep on monitoring the posts/blogs at regular intervals which only increases our anxiety levels and cuts down our precious time. Every moment wasted on an unnecessary task will result in a delay in achieving our real goal.
6. Take care of your body.
There is a direct relation between our body and mind. To develop our levels of “patience” we need to make sure we have great control over our mind. This is only possible if we have a fit body. A fit body will result in mind generating positive and meaningful thoughts. So make sure you do proper exercise and have a proper vegetarian diet. Also, make sure you have a good night’s sleep and stay fresh and lively throughout the day.
Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.- Napoleon Hill
To empower our “patience” muscle, we require a calm mind that generates pure thoughts. Meditation is an excellent method that will pacify our thoughts and make sure we do not take decisions in haste. Although the topic of meditation is a huge one and it is not possible to discuss here, but spending 10-15 minutes in solitude, by closing your eyes and sitting in a comfortable position at a fixed time in a day will benefit a great deal.