Give Yourself The Gift of Patience

There’s the nearly imperceptible feeling in our lives that what’s happening right now isn’t as good as what will happen in the future and that if we could just “get through” this highly inconvenient present moment, we’d finally be able to get to the “good stuff.”

Things are just progressing too slowly for us to be satisfied and we want to know why.

Little do we know that when the imagined (perfect) future moment finally arrives, the measuring stick will have been moved and we will be in the present once again, admiring a new goalpost miles away that, like it’s predecessor, is little more than a mirage and promise of some vague psychological reward in the indeterminate future.

There is an intrinsic link between patience and real self-awareness. The more patient you are for things to materialize in their own time, the more space you’ll be able to give yourself to understand what’s really going on in the world.

This space is where Presence (with a capital “P”) comes into play.

Presence of mind helps you realize that as much as you want to “make things happen” for yourself, there is a certain point where even the most dedicated, hardworking person in the world must yield to a greater timetable that is simply out of their hands.

This should be a relief because it means that you don’t need to wait until some moment in the future to be happy. You can do that right now without a second thought — regardless of whether or not you’ve accomplished the goals that you’ve set for yourself.

Just be happy, now. The rest of it will happen of its own accord.

Daniel
@Rich20Something

Daniel is the founder and CEO of Rich20Something. A millennial business mastermind, he has successfully started three consecutive freelance businesses and scaled them to over $100K in revenue with zero startup capital. His work is regularly featured in Time Magazine, Fortune, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Fox News, and Yahoo! Business. His debut book, Rich20Something, publishes on May 2, 2017.

  • Corey Adam Reed

    Great article, Daniel! “People do this a lot. They don’t seem to realise that the future is just like now, but in a little while, so they say they’re going to do things in anticipation of some kind of seismic shift in their worldview that never actually materialises. But everything’s not going to be made of leather, the world won’t stink of sherbet. Tomorrow is not some mythical kingdom where you’ll grow butterfly wings and be able to talk to animals – you’ll basically feel pretty much the same way you do at the moment.” Russell Brand

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