Hello, hello, hello.
It is time for another Monday Morning Musings; one of my favorite segments on REVUE – you can catch the first one here.
I adore my Monday Morning Musings column because it allows me to personally check in with all of you amidst the articles that strip my first person voice (in a good way).
It is the last Monday of June 2017 and while time is flying rapidly, there is also a tick in my head that is clicking and clicking and clicking – a clock reminding me of my timeline.
What’s the timeline?
It’s my business timeline, my personal timeline, my adult-life timeline telling me that I am not there yet, it’s not time for that yet, or just to wait a moment.
I am an impatient person. Nothing fuels me with more anxiety and restlessness than being impatient. Being five minutes late drives me bat shit crazy and I boil up inside if I am waiting on someone. When I figure out what I want to do, I want to have it now.
With REVUE, I cannot help but be extremely impatient: I want to be hitting milestones now even though I know those milestones come with a year of work.
I am bring this character defect (or gift) up to examine the pros and cons of harboring such impatience so that I can understand where I can use it for my benefit and where I need to let it go in order for it to not hold me back.
Pros of being impatient:
-I work constantly, consistently, and passionately because I want my end results as fast as I can possible take them.
-I use my impatience and turn it into a drive that never fades.
-I figure out how to do things efficiently. I run a tight productive ship.
-I want very specific things. My impatience gives me a clear vision to execute upon.
-I always have an end goal in mind and make sure my daily tasks are in line with the big picture.
Cons of being impatient:
-I can get frustrated by the process and lose touch with the passion that comes with the daily tasks.
-I can lead with my emotions instead of rational thinking. When impatient, I start emotionally rationalizing why certain moves make up the “best” strategy just to get what I want quicker. In reality being patient and truly moving through each step is what gets you the end prize in a more substantial and foundational way.
-I can rush a process therefore not letting each step to come to fruition, a key part to reaching the big picture goal.
-The process can give me anxiety. As I lose sight of the importance of the daily work, I can become fixated on the fact that I am not where I want to be regardless of the fact that time-wise it is impossible to be reaching that goal currently.
With these pros and cons, I think the final thought is this:
Use your impatience to fuel your work ethic and passion. Chip away daily towards your end goal. Reject the emotional flurry of anxiety that tries to figure out ways to cut corners or convince you that you are not where you should be. If you are working daily towards the big picture, you are exactly where you should be.
Ask yourself: is my impatience fueling me or digressing me?
And then make a choice based off that decision.
Patience is just one of those things that we all need a bit more of. I most definitely know I need a carton full of it.
For this Monday and week, let’s all practice a bit more patience in our personal and work lives.
As long as we are passionate about the end goal and executing daily, we will get there at the appropriate timing.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!