When I think of what I want done, I like to find a way to get it done right away. It is the same in all areas of my life. I need to learn something, I jump right in. I want to create something, again feet first. I will admit I am a bit of an instant gratification person. Yet lately, I have had the honor of watching someone model extreme patience for me. Honestly, it was because this person has had to be extremely patient with me as I have been in a huge learning curve. My learning curve is in an area of business that I have never dipped my toes into.
The second piece you need to know about me, is that I have very high standards for myself. I expect myself to learn it right away and be able to implement it with no mistakes. I would never expect this of my clients, but somehow I did of myself. You can see where my story is going now…
I listened as the self defeating words came out of my mouth next. I was reminded that this is all part of the learning process. Actually my words taken from a training video I had done earlier that week! My own words came back to haunt me! It was a great reminder.
So I began to notice the amount of patience my teammate has. He is the tech and marketing part of the team, so he is always patiently waiting for programs to upload or training videos to end. He handles this with a calmness despite my pockets of messy chaos I seem to constantly cause in the mist of. So as I was getting ready to write this blog, I had once again been stumped by technology and had created another mini mess. As he leaned against the wall and calmly walked me through the process once again,I asked how he could possibly have so much patience. His answer was simple: “Because you have to in order to get things done.” That was it.
So it got me thinking, what if patience really was that simple? You just have to be patient so that things get done. Perhaps I would have less chaos and crumbling defeats in my learning curve. I know I would feel better about what I do if I was patient with myself as I learn what I need to learn, making mistakes along the way. So yes, there is a calm power to having patience.
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Michelle has over 20 years experience in coaching, leadership and motivation. She is passionate about creating a community for growth, healing and support. She has been recognized for her work both locally and nationally. She inspires audiences and clients with her down to earth stories of struggle and growth. She believes that being authentic has been the key to her success.