We all know that patience is important. But why is it important? In this article we’ll get into the details of exactly why patience is important for you. Also, we share tips with you on how you can become a more patient person. Read on for information on patience that will bring changes to your patience level.
WHAT IS PATIENCE?
One of the definitions of patience according to Merriam-Webster dictionary is: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.
What that says is that when you are somebody that is patient you learn to endure trials without complaining and you do so in a steadfast and calm manner. Patience is important because the person who is patient has learned that pains, trials, difficulties and adversity come with the process of getting to where you want to go in life.
And that person handles such adversities in a collected manner. A person who practices patience is not shaken by the challenges that come with life. They recognize the challenges and adversities and tackle them head on, patiently.
WHY PATIENCE IS IMPORTANT
Patience is extremely important in life for many reasons. For one, if you don’t learn patience everything that comes your way in life will seem like an insurmountable task. Without patience adversities will look like unconquerable occurrences. However, with patience you will be able to recognize the adversities, take a deep breath and head onward in the process of overcoming them.
Without patience you will emotionally react to situations in a way that you may regret later on. That is because without patience you cave in to your emotions and let them take over you. And when your emotions take over you do not make rational decisions. You end up making emotional ones. Emotional decisions, for the most part, are not decisions that lead to growth, self control and patience.
HOW TO BECOME PATIENT?
Becoming patient first takes recognizing that you are not patient, or not as patient as you would like/should be. Then you will have to take active steps on becoming patient. Here are a list of things that you can do to help you develop your patience level:
•LEARN TO NOT TAKE EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY: If you will learn to laugh some things off instead of getting upset and bitter about them you will instantly increase your patience level.
•THINK/BREATHE DEEP FOR 10-15 SECONDS BEFORE YOU SPEAK/RESPOND: Early on as you learn to master your patience level you will need to take some time to think and/or breathe deeply before you speak. The reason is that if you do so you will most likely recognize that your first response would have not been the best one. But once you take some time to reflect you will give a more appropriate response.
•YOU DON’T HAVE TO RESPOND, RIGHT AWAY: As you start to develop your patience level you will get to a wonderful stage where you recognize that you don’t always have to respond, right away. And sometimes you’ll decide not to respond at all. It’s incredibly gratifying to get to that stage of patience to where you do not respond to everything. It’ll bring you great peace of mind to know that you’re in such a tranquil place with yourself that you do not need to respond.
•THE TIME TO RESPOND MAY BE LATER: With patience development you will learn that there is a time to respond, but it isn’t right away. The patient person is so in tune with him/herself that he/she knows that they will respond, when the time is right and when they see fit. The impatient person does the opposite. They respond right away, unaware of the negative consequences of their immediate response. The patient person is one who controls their emotions and their tongue.
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THE BENEFITS OF BEING PATIENT
Being patient comes with great rewards. The person who has mastered patience will have less regrets. The reason is because a patient person will not act and say things haphazardly. That will result in more calculated comments, actions and reactions. They are controlled ones.
When we do things controlled, we’re in charge. When we’re in charge of our emotions and what we say, we are better people. We are patient people.
Patient people have to apologize less, if at all. It’s not that patient people don’t make errors, but certainly the more patient you become the less errors you make. And the less errors you make, the less apologizing you’ll have to make.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF BEING PATIENT
•TOLERANCE LEVEL GOES UP: As you become a patient person you will notice that your ability to tolerate situations and people goes up. The things or people that use to bother you, bother you less, if at all.
•IMPROVED LISTENING SKILLS: Increasing your patience level also increases your listening skills. Patient people listen better. They take into account what the other person is saying and not just what they are thinking. Patient people give more attention to what other people are saying, even if they don’t agree with it.
•PLEASANT TO BE AROUND: The greater your listening skills the more pleasant of a person you will be. And people like to be around pleasant people. People who are short on patience repel people. Don’t be one of those people. Develop your patience skills.
•SOUGHT AFTER: People with high patience are highly sought after because most people are not patient. High patience level people are sought after for their ability to calmly handle situations.
And as always we like to close with a saying, quote or adage and today’s is from DJ and musician, DJ Khaled (video below): Me. I’m patient.
Now, go forth and change the game!