I can still hear the song that my dad and mom used to sing when it seemed that I was in too much of a hurry as a child. The the words were, "Have patience. Have patience. Don't be in such a hurry. Remember. Remember, that God has patience too, and think of all the times when others had to wait on you." They sang it when I was getting upset waiting on my older brother to be ready to take me to school, when I wanted to get something now that I should have waited for later. They sang it when I was ready to give up on a goal. This song had to have been sung to me at least 1,000 times in the 18 years that I lived at home.
The song itself was there to give me a little perspective. As an adult, I still struggle with being patient. Most of my issue with this rests with work, though, and not with my home life. Americans, as a people, are in a hurry to get things done. We are rushing into things and trying to "make it happen." This is both an incredible quality that helps us succeed and a struggle. It is a struggle because we lose sight of why we are doing something. It is a quality because it helps us keep going in the face of adversity. I have found that the key, for me, is to have a definite goal, a chief aim in life.
Once I have established my true purpose, then setting goals around that purpose and striving to achieve them is significantly easier. In fact, I am able the patiently try, and try, and try again without ever losing sight of why I am doing something or where I intend to end up once I achieve it. Patience is born out of a true sense of purpose. It is born out of knowing that I have a specific "why" that will define who I am and where I will end up in life.
What is it that you were designed to be, do, and have in this life? Once you have established your "why," you will find that patience is just a part of who you will become!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.