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Good things come to those who really wait

ByResty Nasaazi

Apr 23, 2021

Many people want to become successful in worldly endeavors they undertake. However, most people neither pursue nor develop qualities that one must possess in order to succeed in business, career, or politics, for example;

To become successful, one must be able to create a vision and display commitment, patience, compassion, to name a few, and overcome the weaknesses before trying to achieve any worthy or worldly goals. One important factor in success is patience. Patience is an important asset for any leader. A leader cannot succeed to remain a leader for long unless he or she develops the skills to be patient.

 

Living in a Rush

The current age has made people live in a hurry. Almost everyone is probably in a constant rush trying to keep up with everyone else’s hurried life. Nonetheless, this is taking a toll on your patience, in general. When you are always trying to get somewhere or complete a list of never-ending tasks at hand, very rarely you are living in the present moment. In most cases, this makes having patience difficult, because we are just trying to get things done. Many people lose sight.

In order to help increase your patience when dealing with others, understand their situation. Indeed, it demands compassion and empathy for other’s problems. When you develop a deep connection with others, you will treat them with care and patience.

Health Benefits of Patience

Any emotions involving anger, frustration, for example, cause your blood pressure to shoot up. Further, the increased blood pressure can affect your body negatively. Interestingly, heart patients, for instance, are advised to keep away from severe excitement, and anger, to keep them safe from heart attacks. Indeed, your patience will keep you healthy and more so in control of any situation from damaging your health, in general.

Moreover, it is natural to see so many frustrated people on the road nowadays while they are driving and, in a hurry, to reach their offices or homes and waiting in a rush hour traffic. This is only making people prone to develop ailments over a period due to lack of patience.

Learn to Focus on One Thing at a Time

It has become your second nature to multi-task. Nevertheless, handling more than one task at a time will break your focus and concentration. When this happens, mistakes creep in which can drive you wild. Nonetheless, patience teaches us to tackle one task at a time and put us in complete control of the task we are handling.

Developing it also demands you to learn to focus and develop concentration. In contrast, you cannot develop patience when you are in constant distraction and disturbed state of mind. When you are not in right mental balance, you cannot succeed in any goals you set to achieve.

Patience is essential to daily life—and might be key to a happy one. Having patience means being able to wait calmly in the face of frustration or adversity, so anywhere there is frustration or adversity. At home with our kids, at work with our colleagues, at the grocery store with half our city’s population, patience can make the difference between annoyance and equanimity, between worry and tranquility.

Religions and philosophers have long praised the virtue of patience; now researchers are starting to do so as well. Recent studies have found that, sure enough, good things really do come to those who wait.

This finding is probably easy to believe if you call to mind the stereotypical impatient person: face red, head steaming. And sure enough, according to a 2007 study by Fuller Theological Seminary professor Sarah Schnitker and UC Davis psychology professor Robert Hemmons patient people tend to experience less depression and negative emotions, perhaps because they can cope better with upsetting or stressful situations. They also rate themselves as more mindful and feel more gratitude, more connection to mankind and to the universe, and a greater sense of abundance.

In 2012, Schnittker sought to refine our understanding of patience, recognising that it comes in many different stripes. One type is interpersonal patience, which doesn’t involve waiting but simply facing annoying people with equanimity. In a study of nearly 400 undergraduates, she found that those who are more patient toward others also tend to be more hopeful and more satisfied with their lives.

Another type of patience involves waiting out life’s hardships without frustration or despair—think of the unemployed person who persistently fills out job applications or the cancer patient waiting for her treatment to work. Unsurprisingly, in Schnitzels study, this type of courageous patience was linked to more hope.

Finally, patience over daily hassles—traffic jams, long lines at the grocery store, a malfunctioning computer—seems to go along with good mental health. In particular, people who have this type of patience are more satisfied with life and less depressed.

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