Building Your Patience
The ability to give a process time is not always naturally inherited. Waiting for outcomes can be unduly stressful for us as we journey with the ever-increasing speed of modern life.
Eleven ideas to increase your success with building your patience include:
- Recognize that an attempt may not be entirely successful but it will always provide a learning opportunity.
- Use waiting situations as conscious opportunities to cultivate your patience… i.e. waiting in line or in traffic.
- Guard against acting on impulse. Practice taking more time even when you know you don’t need it.
- Take at least one minute to gain perspective and consider the big picture.
- Deal with what is real as opposed to what “could happen”.
- Avoid picking up the bad habits of impatient people who surround you.
- Ask yourself… is impatience in your best interest right now?
- Remind yourself of the importance of respect and tolerance.
- Use positive visualization. Picture yourself acting and re-acting with patience.
- Use positive self-talk. “I’m working on increasing my patience.
- Place notes reminding you to be patient all around you.