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The Power of Patience

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 aFull68446way 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…

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. -Napoleon Hill 
I have the persistence and perspiration part of the quote above down well, it is the patience part I am working on. For example: The other day I was doing an on camera interview with someone and I forgot to hit the record button until the very end of the interview. When I was done interviewing my guest and had signed off, I felt like I would crumble in defeat. I had just learned how to work that program the hour before the interview and had practiced it a few times. I could not believe I had forgotten the basic step of hitting the record button!
My teammate came into my office after my date with disaster and asked how it went. I felt horrible.  He had just taught me how to use the program only moments before and had patiently gone through the very basic steps with me. I cringed as I told him of my mistake. It turns out he had set up a backup recording system just in case.

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.

+Michelle DeBerge

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About the Author Michelle DeBerge

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.

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