Patience on the Road to Your Destiny
Every goal we pursue takes a blend of hustle and patience. A lot of us are comfortable with the hustle part, especially when we’re passionate about the things we’re going after. But what happens when we’ve done all we can do and all that’s left is the waiting?
Now if you’re anything like me, it can be hard to stay fired up about a dream when there’s nothing left to do but wait. This period of waiting is often when the what ifs set in.
What if I’m not good enough? What if I’m meant to do something else? What if I keep getting rejected?
My friend Kate Delaney knows a thing or two about the virtue of patience. As a female sports journalist she faced over 500 rejections (not an exaggeration) before being given the opportunity to make her dream a reality. Today she has over 20 years of broadcasting and speaking experience, using her platform to encourage others who are facing a similar challenge that she did. Most of the advice in this article came from her and has helped me in my own understanding of patience.
How to Stay Patient
Stack the Deck
I would argue that there is a thread of success in all successful people. They don’t listen to detractors. It isn’t that successful people don’t have negative voices in their lives, everyone does; they are just selective about the voices they allow to influence their mindset. When you think about your road to success and accomplishing your goals, are you choosing to listen to every voice that has an opinion on your situation.
This doesn’t mean drowning out voices of reason that are genuinely trying to help you. Sometimes we need those trusted friends to tell it like it is and keep us grounded.
But it does mean stacking the deck so that the voices we listen to the most are speaking life into our pursuits. Stack the deck, so you listen primarily to the people who are speaking life into you
Appreciate Times of Waiting
If you aren’t in a time of waiting, then this phrase might sound reasonable enough. But if you are currently or have ever been tested with long periods of patience, learning to appreciate it probably sounds like the last thing you want to do.
But one thing you should understand is – waiting doesn’t mean doing nothing.
As you wait to be discovered, or to get that first client, or to get accepted to that grad school, be proactive. Don’t just sit back and wait for something to come to you. You can either live with a growth mindset or a fixed mindset.
You’ll be so much more grateful when you reach your goal and are even more prepared than you thought you would be.
So don’t only embrace the hustle and hard work, also learn to embrace the patience that follows. There is just as much to be gained when you reach
For more on this topic, including my entire conversation with Kate Delaney, check out the Created For Experience podcast – Success Leaves Clues, featuring Kate Delaney.