If you have kids, work with others, or are in a relationship of any kind, you surely have plenty of times throughout your day, when you need to practice patience. While this is easier in some situations than others, other times, we all fail at this. When results are at stake, or appointments to keep, patience is not always easy to come by. Here are a few things to remember when facing this:
Evaluate The Cause Of Your Impatience
What caused you to be impatient? Is it people or situations? Some of us are patient with people, whereas, others are more patient during certain circumstances. If people cause you to lose your patience, learn to acknowledge and accept that everyone is different. Focus on the intent of the person, rather on their actions, which is especially important in relationships and with parenting, as this might allow you to see the situation less emotional, and clearer.How To Be More Patient With Yourself And Others Click To Tweet
In a business situation, try to rephrase the intent of the person in front of you, and see if that clarifies the communication between the parties involved. Also, make sure that you made your own needs heard, with clear and direct wording, and repeat it if necessary.
Practice Relaxation And Breathing Techniques
This is important! The best way to be patient is to learn to relax when things arise that can cause impatience. When you relax your body, you are less prone to make impulsive decisions. When you relax you can decrease, or even remove, stress and frustration. Take a few deep breaths. Focus on your breathing and clearing your negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. This is where affirmations come in handy. If possible, take a moment for yourself, in private, to settle yourself, before continuing any interactions
Focus on the Big Picture
Most things that cause a lack of patience are temporary. Being patient helps you to focus on the future or the outcome of things and not just the present. If your kids are trying to help, but are making a bigger mess than expected to do so, remember that the goal is to foster their independence, and learning, which only happens through trial and error.
Questions: What causes you to be the most impatient? What do you do, to get through that? I would love to hear from you!