The hustle and bustle of our daily lives can sometimes contribute to us not readily demonstrating patience as we should. Whether it’s feeling the need to make a decision hastily, engaging in a response before we’ve fully formulated our thoughts or agreeing to do something before we’ve fully calculated the cost. If patience was implemented, you’re more likely to have a better outcome and more likely to save more time in the end.
I can’t think of the number of times during my hectic days that I’ll feel an initial urge to get a task out the way, only to realize it was best that I had been patient and given it a little more thought. Certainly, it’s great to be able to knock things off our to-do list, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of giving it the dedicated time and attention it really requires.
Similar to this is the times where we may be irritated, anxious, upset or even mad and we find ourselves responding to these feelings. Instead, give some time to calmly reflect and determine how you truly are feeling. Oftentimes when you let some time pass you can communicate better how you really feel. If there was the chance it was a misunderstanding on your part or someone else’s, this can be flushed out better, leaving less chances for more offenses to take place.
Patience also plays a role in the time and consideration to whether we have the bandwidth or capacity to do something. Understanding that giving yourself an opportunity to evaluate what is required and whether you can handle it, is very important. Taking on things that you haven’t given the proper consideration to is not likely to yield the best results.
It’s certainly understandable why we want to respond quickly, make decisions on the fly and even have a resounding“yes” when people ask us to do something. It’s my belief that it’s actually better to give a bit of patience and thoughtful assessment of the decision, feeling and capacity you have to do something. You’ll find that implementing this will be more beneficial in the long run.