Your Success Thought on "Patience"
January 18, 2006

An intriguing ‘impatience’ theme has surfaced for numerous clients lately. It’s fascinating to see how 'impatience' viscously blocks clear thinking for such diverse individuals as physicians, CEO's and marketing execs. Impatience in no way contributes to productivity, joy or healthy relationships.

Here’s my typical coaching dialog:

Client: “I find myself so impatient. Things just don’t move fast enough for me!”
Ann: “What if you were to switch gears and experiment with being patient?”
Client: (breathlessly): “I can’t even imagine being patient. How do patient people get things done?”
Ann: “What’s it like then to be impatient?”
Client: “Exhausting—low energy. I want it and I want it now! When that doesn’t happen, I get angry yet I’m afraid to express my anger, making me even madder!”
Ann: “How often do things happen within your timeline?”
Client: “Rarely, if ever.”
Ann: “Then you spend a lot of time being angry, impatient and exhausted, yes?”
Client:“Yes, and it’s driving myself and those around me crazy!”
Ann: “Let’s look at patience through a different lens. You’ve heard that there are only two sensations -- love and fear. All else stems from these two strong emotions. What if in the Love Column there was also abundance, lightheartedness, focus and patience. On the other hand, the Fear Column contains the opposite -- lack, heaviness, scattered thinking and impatience. Which column of sensations do you want to experience? Which will get you closer to your goals? Which will allow you to build stronger relationships with yourself and others?”
Client: “Well, when you put it that way, of course I want love, abundance, focus and strong relationships. Patience seems to fit in well. But how do I become more patient? How fast?”
Ann: “First, just notice the effects of impatience—yours and others. Does it make things happen faster or perhaps even more slowly since people are on edge? Are you more scattered in your impatient thinking thus making others more scattered? Are you in fact coming from a place of lack, meaning that things will not go your way? Or are you coming from a larger place of abundance in that you can step outside your circle to create new ways to make things happen in your favor?”
Client: “Again, when you put it that way, patience doesn’t seem like such an impossible feat. In fact, it sounds a little intriguing, like something that will stretch me without injuring others as I wildly proceed on my path.”
Ann: “Now the question becomes, how do impatient people ever get things done?”

St. Augustine said: “Patience is the companion of wisdom.” A Dutch proverb agrees: “A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.” According to Michelangelo: “Genius is eternal patience.”

What is your level of patience? How well does that work for you? Impatience has never been considered to be a virtue, though some of us treat it as such. New clients proudly say that they are impatient prior to learning the costs.

As you enter a year of attaining your goals, please take this one week to learn more about your level of patience. It is not uncommon to be patient in some areas of life and not in others. What is the most important thing to learn about your patience this week?

Enjoy your discoveries and have a grand week!


Ann Golden Eglé, MCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC

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