It’s a Monday. The kids are late for school. The car has a flat tire, and you just found out that one of your children has a report due that morning. The phone begins to ring and they need you at work early today. YIKES!!!! Sounds like a recipe for us to lose our patience. This week, we will focus on how we can improve our Patience. Here are a few quick tips to help us not lose it during those tough times or not so tough times.
- Slow Down – It’s easy to be on a war path of go, go, go. Take a breath and focus on being present. Tell yourself everything is going to be okay, because it really will be.
- Is it going to matter in 100 yrs? Sometimes we major in the minors. When we feel the frustration setting in, ask yourself if this stress and worry is really worth it. Will it really matter in 100 minutes, 100 hrs or even a 100 yrs? Most of the time it’s not and if it's not, then just let it go.
- Change Takes Change If you desire to change, we have to change what we are doing. Find what triggers you to lose your patience. Once you’ve identified the triggers, you can work on practicing on your counter technique. Use methods like taking a few deep breaths, counting to 10 or 100 or remove yourself from the fray to help you stay patient.
- There is NO Perfection – Realizing that life and people are not perfect helps us to deal with mistakes and accidents. Losing our patience in these situations does not resolve anything but rather acts to compound the situation.
- Anything Worth While Takes Time When we realize, embrace and practice this concept, you will find more reserves in your tank for patience.
Good luck with improving your patience. You can do it!