Would you describe yourself as being a patient person? Most of us do, though our definition of patient varies from person to person. Do you feel you could use some help in this area? Try the following suggestions:
Beware of Instant Gratification
Much of our consumer society is geared towards towards delivering what we want as fast as possible. This can be quite gratifying and it is very easy to start thinking that all of us life should be this way. One way to develop patience is to make yourself wait for things, even when you don’t have to. That way, you will develop the mindset that not everything can or should come your way instantly.
Let’s face it: even if you had all of the money and power in the world, you would still be dissatisfied at times and there would be nothing you could do about it. No one likes being stuck in traffic, but there is usually nothing to be done. Thus, instead of fuming (which accomplishes zero), just settle back and accept the situation. Concentrate your thoughts and energy on something else.
This sounds simplistic, but there is a reason that doctors and therapists continually recommend taking deep breaths: they really do help to calm you down. This is also a strategy that you can literally do anywhere at almost any time. It also doesn’t cost you a penny.
Stopping Impatience When It Starts
We’re sure that you know precisely when you are starting to feel impatient. Whether it’s your blood pressure or some other physical sign, one can almost always know when an angry outburst is coming.
This is a good thing because it gives us a chance to stop it before it starts. As soon as you can feel impatience rising, take a step back and recuse yourself from the situation.