In a previous article, I laid the foundation for effective goal-setting strategies. You have made a committed decision to reach a well-defined destination and you know in order to achieve your goal; you need to cultivate self-discipline, persevere, be resilient, etc. Is that the end of the story?

Since there is no guarantee you will reach your goal within the time assigned, you will need to adjust your action plans when failures and other contingencies strike. That’s why developing your patience muscles, which is your ability to accept delays, and hindrances without losing enthusiasm, is critical.

We are bombarded with marketing messages promising success within the least amount of time. These messages are usually misleading because they don’t reflect reality. Reaching a long-term goal is always a lengthy, slow, and tedious process. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk spent ten years working relentlessly on the Squid Game until it became a global success in 2021. Stan Lee published his first comic book hit only 22 years after starting writing at seventeen years old. I could write similar stories ceaselessly, but you get my point.

The universe operates on the principle of gradual growth, as evidenced by the growth of an infant, a puppy, or vegetation. It works equally for your goals. So, be patient and don’t get frustrated over your baby-step-like improvements. Everything worthwhile takes time. Earl Nightingale stated that “It takes longer to build a castle than a chicken coup.” Thus, cultivate patience and remember that cutting corners won’t take you to your desired destination faster.

Being patient makes us more resilient. Patience will enable you to navigate defeats with a more positive attitude and will increase your enthusiasm to go the extra mile when boredom and panic set in. A lack of patience, on the other hand, causes people to perceive failures as irreparable, pervasive, and permanent. After all, stories of those who have achieved the goal you are pursuing are omnipresent. It’s easy to descend into oblivion if we let those thoughts linger. Put in the work, recognize there will be uncertainties, and embrace them because they are often invaluable learning opportunities.


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