I’ve been told many times that I am a patient person. When it comes to my business, however, I don’t feel very patient. I’ve read
the stories, watched the biographies, and in theory, understand that there’s no such thing as an overnight success. I’m not looking for overnight success; I’m just looking for 4 to 6 weeks success. I can’t be the only one, can I?
I’ve heard it said that we’re living in an era of instant gratification. It’s why Netflix releases all 13 seasons of House of Cards at once and we gobble them up like drug fiends! The reason why I sometimes feel handcuffed to my smartphone, feeling the need to respond to every text and email immediately, regardless of what else I had going on. It’s also, I suppose, the reason why I occasionally feel anxious about whether or not I’m doing all I can to grow my business and achieve the success that I’m looking for. (If you can relate, can I get an Amen?)
I saw a quote on Facebook the other day that really resonated with me. “Good things come to those who wait. Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up”. That’s what I choose to believe is true. When you plant seeds, you don’t just put them in the ground and come back in a few months and collect your crop. You have to make sure you plant the seed in fertile soil that provides it with the sunlight it needs to grow. You make sure it has enough water and nutrients, and you do what you can to keep little critters from enjoying the fruits of your labour before you do!
Patience is important. Things aren’t going to happen because we want them to; they’re going to happen when the time is right. We have all seen what can happen when we try to rush or force things to happen. It often doesn’t work out the way that we want and can create more obstacles rather than get us where we want to be. I believe patience needs to be accompanied by persistence, commitment and determination. They are the dream team you need with you as you pursue your goals. Cultivate your goals, commit to tending to them regularly, and don’t be deterred by lost crops due to frost and other unpredictable challenges. Continue to be patient, remind yourself that you’re hard work will pay off and have faith that everything is unfolding as it should, even if it’s not on your timeline.
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