When I googled the meaning of patience, it said:
“the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”
I have always struggled to be patient in my life. Even though I know that when I am able to be patient, I always get a better result. Being patient is quite a simple concept to apply but for some reason, it can be so difficult to put into practice.
Practising patience helps you to better manage the curveballs that life throws at you. Patience also brings calmness, optimism, hope and confidence to your life.
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” — John Quincy Adams
The key message is quite clear – when you practise patience, you are more likely to lead a successful and happy life.
In this article, you will learn why being patient is good for you, and how to be patient to take better control of your life
Why Being Patient Is Good for You
Patience is a great way to exercise self-control. When you are patient you are more likely to take charge of your life.
Here are three key benefits (there are many more) that practising the art of patience can bring to your life:
Better Decision Making
By learning patience, you will become better at making decisions. Patience gives you breathing space and therefore you are more comfortable with taking the time to assess difficult situations and reflect on how you wish to proceed.
You also develop more self- confidence and know that if you rush into making a decision it will not end well for you. The chance of making a big mistake is higher if your decision is made in haste.
A Well Balanced Life
By becoming more patient, you will greatly reduce the stress in your life.
Because you are more self-aware, you have a better understanding of what makes you happy and you will tend to focus on doing the things that bring you joy. The result of this is that you become more aware of how to live your life in balance rather than constantly have to fight fires.
By becoming more patient, you are more understanding, open and flexible towards others’ mistakes and shortcomings. As a result, you are able to build stronger and longer-lasting relationships.
Patience does not come easily to many of us, especially when we live in a world of constant disruption and change. Patience is a mindset and it is not something that comes overnight. If you truly want to be a more patient person, you do have to be prepared to do the work. Embracing patience in your life is part of a life journey and therefor you must be willing to be in it for the long haul