While we keep hurtling ahead with work and keep at it, timelines and deadlines are milestones in our road reminding us of how far our destination is. How far we have come, how far we have to keep going to reach our goals. In this melee we have to be conscious of almost everything- how others are doing it, what extra value you can add, how you can keep track of quality, how fast are your deliveries etc. Time is limited. We have only 24 hours in a day n which we need to work, but also eat, sleep and get some valuable downtime including rest and recreation. So how do we gleam all this up? There is no magic Genie to help us but transforming our mind into a ‘patient mindset’ with conscious efforts can surely help!
What is a ‘Patient Mindset’?
The cake takes time to bake!!
Whatever you do, everything takes its own time to process and fructify. Taking the best possible action is up to you. The outcome will take its own stipulated time. The ability to cope with things that take longer is called patience and developing a mindset that is wired in this direction is called a ‘Patient Mindset’. Impatience impedes your ability to multitask and stay cool. If you are a leader, people look up to you for your various talents and abilities. Patience is indeed a virtue which is admired and emulated
Developing a ‘Patient Mindset’ definitely does not mean that you tolerate lapses in meeting deadlines, KPIs and quality benchmarks. It means that you anticipate and appreciate that there are processes that need their incubation time and wait for those to take their natural time of completion.
This particularly applies with human beings, whether personal friends and family, or more importantly business associates and colleagues.
How do you develop a ‘Patient Mindset’?
The first critical step is to develop a sense of empathy and emotional quotient. So the word ‘I’ ceases to be the most important word in your vocabulary. Collaboration should become your vibe and the terms ‘we’ and ‘us’ your way of living. Set goals of mutual interest whether in the personal arena or the professional boxing ring. Every timeline can be met if you plan your achievements in a realistic manner and begin early. Staying ahead is the success mantra. Instead of getting impatient and loosing it, use your new sense of empathy to pick up what is going wrong and where – well in time and fix it.
Are you wading in the sea of false expectations?
Misconceptions are a big no no in this world. Especially having a mismatch of expectations. When you yourself as a leader set tasks and deadlines, make sure that the team you have chosen understands them completely. It’s good to cross check and recheck in the beginning itself than suddenly discover that nothing is ready as per your expectations. Any amount of course corrections will not help then and of course disappointment and impatience will catapult you into a state of stress and maybe anger.
Make time your friend. And talking of friends you may want to check on expectation mismatches with them too as well as the pivot of your life, your family.
The consequences of impatience
Impatience can result in several consequences which can be damaging for you and others who are connected to you. Impatience leads to stress, anger, unpleasantness and affects your mind and can lead to an environment of negative chaos that you are surrounded with mitigating creativity, often leading to your team members mentally disconnecting with you. It can kill initiative.
Even in your personal space you will gradually find friends and family distancing themselves from you. Impatience can break the rhythm of life any where
Transform to a ‘Patience Mindset’ for better success and a better you.
“He that can have patience can have what he will.” Benjamin Franklin
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