We try to be patient, but we don’t always succeed. Don’t be angry with yourself
When you’re an entrepreneur or a leader, you usually have a million things on your mind. At any moment of the day, your brain can spin tasks in your head like a lottery machine.
Have you ever been in a meeting and your leg wouldn’t stop bouncing up and down? Or have you been nodding along to everything someone says, hoping the conversation will end soon?
We try to be patient, but we don’t always succeed. Don’t be angry with yourself. When you’re an entrepreneur or a leader, you usually have a million things on your mind. At any given moment of the day, your brain can be spinning tasks in your head like a lottery machine.
There are four valuable lessons we can learn from our impatient moments in life:
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Impatience teaches us patience
It is very easy to be patient with people who do not test our patience. It is not a real challenge; the real challenge is when we feel the impatience that is said to “raise your blood pressure”. In those moments, everything that happens is your teacher of patience. These are real opportunities to build the habit of patience, no matter how banal it sounds. If you still feel impatient, it means that you still haven’t mastered patience.
We tend to justify our impatience by blaming a person, place, or thing while releasing our negative reaction. This is called the self-serving bias: the tendency to attribute our successes and good behavior to our innate abilities and the tendency to attribute our failures and bad behavior to external factors. Recognize when impatience is running through you. This self-awareness will alleviate suffering and strengthen your capacity for patience.
Impatience as misunderstanding
It is important to understand that employees sometimes have to slow down in order to speed up later. Speed drains emotional and psychological energy, which leaves too little space for people to think about how to add value to their work or maximize their potential. So, the next time you decide that things must be done ‘overnight’ or you don’t give your employees time to adjust, but you immediately switch them from one task to another (sometimes even when they haven’t even completed the first task), stop and reconsider your degree of patience. Without it, there are few ways to help you keep your employees motivated.
Impatience is a motivator
Impatience and inspiration are two sides of the same coin. Without a little impatience, we may never begin. Inspiration creates desire, and impatience makes you act on that desire. You could say it’s the opposite of complacency. If you are generally impatient, this may be a signal that you have untapped creative energy boiling inside you – relax and release it!
Impatience is coded information
Your impatience may be trying to tell you something. For example, you may have scheduled a meeting at an inappropriate time. The meeting starts and you jump out of your skin because you have more important things to do. In this case, your impatience tells you to be conscientious and protect your time.
Expectations can often lead to impatience. You want someone or something to behave in a certain way, and when he or she doesn’t get it, you realize it’s not under your control. You are starting to get impatient. The information it conveys is that you may need to adjust your expectations.
Impatience and exercises you can do
Become aware of impatience as it grows within you throughout the day. Pay attention to the signs given by the body (tapping fingers), which occur in the mind (the inner voice warns: “Hurry up!”), and which accompany impatience.
Ask yourself, “What am I in a hurry for? Why am I rushing like that, what do I want to achieve?”
You’ll see what answers pop up.