‘Have patience!’ — you’ve probably heard this phrase since childhood, whether you were eagerly waiting for that cake to bake or waiting for your turn to grab the bat and play. Now as you grow up, you realise that adult life isn’t all that different. You’re still part of the waiting game; only now, it’s a lot tougher!

Waiting for Results

We want quick actions and even quicker results in every walk of life. That explains the popularity of fad diets that promise instant weight loss. That also explains why we lose hope so quickly if something like a job interview or a business meeting doesn’t work out.

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It doesn’t help that we’re a generation that’s used to instant gratification, expecting everything to come to us at the click of a button. We don’t have a long attention span these days. Be it at home or at work, we are always trying to just tick things off the list.

The creativity, the uniqueness and the urge to do something new takes a backseat. Had we given the task at hand a bit of thought, some time and some patience, we could have achieved extraordinarily results.

The greater repercussion of losing patience is the change in our attitude. When we fail to achieve something quickly, we tend to become very negative and end up criticising ourselves or those around us.

Aren’t We a Confused Lot?

Oh yes, we are. Most of us can’t wait to get out of office at 6 pm. But when we get home, we’re busy checking our work emails again instead of spending time with family.

We’re always in a rush, but we want to escape the fast-paced city life and slow down. This ambivalence holds us up in a never-ending loop of worry and confusion.

The problem is that we have become so accustomed to getting things done quickly and seeing quick results that if we don’t, we get disappointed and lose hope.

Keep the Faith, It’s Worth the Wait

When they say, ‘good things come to those who wait’, just believe in it and let time do its job.

Sometimes, life doesn’t have the same plans as you. Don’t judge an iceberg by its tip. Be patient and wait, if you want to see the full picture.

In the words of Arnold H Glasow, “The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”

Life is marinating the best for you — and you will get better than you deserve. Be it a relationship, a job interview, a fitness goal, or any other milestone, if it didn’t work out in your expected time frame, just hold on and let time tell.

Be more relaxed and less anxious. Be more focused on quality than on quantity. Have a calm, positive outlook towards life.

With a little bit of patience, you can achieve success at work and can win hearts at home.

Image Credit: Nikhil Mudaliar