Do you remember the old adage “Good things come to those who wait”? There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of being patient. Have you ever been waiting in a long line and observed the other people that were also waiting? It’s amazing how differently some of us respond to this type of situation. Some of us are quiet and appear not to care about the waiting while others are quite verbal, some to the point of actually walking away in frustration. Aside from the obvious there are huge benefits to learning patience, not the least of which is simply being more relaxed and easier for others to deal with. Here are 4 great reasons to work on improving your own patience level.
Be Happier, Be Healthier
It’s no secret that stress can kill but at the very least it can make us a much less happy person. The stress that we fell internally can make us angry and difficult to be around for others as well. When we learn to relax we feel better and can deal with any situation much more easily and effectively. Perhaps most importantly we won’t suffer the physical effects of the stress caused by being impatient.
Treat Others Better
Have you ever tried to reason with a person that was extremely impatient? Until they calm down it’s a wasted effort and there is no way to reason with them. When we behave in this manner we also influence the mood of the people around us. This can affect the way that we relate to each other including verbal disagreements and downright arguments. All of this can easily be avoided and we can enjoy better relationships with friends, family and coworkers because we will be more compassionate and understanding if we have the self control to exercise more patience.
Here’s another old adage I’d like to remind you of: “Rome wasn’t built in a day”! Most things in life require time, especially long term goals such as building a business or planning for retirement. How can one expect to be successful if they have no patience? Most of the important things in life require time to be completed and they are well worth the wait. You will never be successful at anything if you are always in a hurry. Slow down, make the right decisions and in time you will enjoy benefits of good planning.
As far as I can tell, the easiest way to make a mistake is to be in a big hurry to get something done. We’ve all done this and in the end all we’ve succeeded in doing is wasting our time (and sometimes other peoples’ as well). We can avoid making mistakes by considering all of the pros and cons of a situation before making a final decision. One last adage to remember, “Haste makes waste”.