You already know that we live in an instant world today. Just about anything you may want you can get in just a matter of minutes.
Want a pizza? Make a call and it will be delivered to your door before you can set the table.
Need a ride somewhere? Hit the Uber app and there will be a car at your door before you can blink.
Want a car? Walk into a car dealership, apply for same-day financing, and drive away in a car.
All this convenience is a wonderful thing. It makes our lives so simple and easy that it can be hard for us to remember that most important things still take time.
The fact that we live in an instant world is why you see so many 10-week exercise programs, 2-week diets, turnkey business cons and instant success formulas. People buy them because they want and are used to getting instant gratification.
They want to plop down their money and get results, today! That is not how the real world works. You may get a pizza in 30 minutes but you're not going to become a millionaire in thirty days working 4 hours a week from a beach in the South Pacific.
It takes time to learn. It takes time to mature. It takes time for anything that is going to last to be built.
The one ingredient that is missing from way too many people's recipes for success is patience. Finding real success, whether it be in business, relationships, or your work life, is going to require that you have patience, not only with the rest of the world but especially with yourself.
If you were to reflect on the true successes you have enjoyed and failures you have endured, how many of the latter may have turned out differently if you had been able to practice a little patience instead of rushing things? How many of your successes were due to your willingness to put in the work, bid your time, and wait for the results to come in their own time?
As they say, Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither is a success. It may not always be easy to bear but good things do come to those who wait.
My challenge for this week:
Demonstrate patience in those areas where you want to be successful.
Think about the things you wish to accomplish.
Write down the major things you want to accomplish that will take more than a day to achieve.
Write down your plan to consciously demonstrate patience as you move toward your goals for each of those items listed in step 2.
Implement your plan!