Patience Is Essential To Success. 

Patience Is Essential To Success. 

Creative Living Wellness By Leigh Reagan Smith

I have found the older I become, the more I begin to understand and appreciate the importance of patience. Patience allows for greater peace and ultimately greater fulfillment.  

Learning patience has made me a better artist, sister, friend, wife, mother, and human. I love the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” You want Rome? Well, it will take some time, perseverance, and fortitude.  

Life doesn’t always give us what we want on a silver platter the moment we ask for it. At any age it is possible to cultivate the skill of patience while moving towards a goal.  

Patience allows you to see the big picture and to think about all the different possibilities. Patience helps you to process your emotions instead of reacting quickly without thinking. Patience literally draws the right people to you because you gain a greater understanding of yourself and others. Patience moves you towards your goals even when you can’t fully see how to get there. Patience is quietly listening to yourself and others instead of filling the space with mental and verbal chatter. Patience is brushing yourself off after falling down and saying, “It’s OK. I will get there eventually.” Patience is trust.

The upside of achieving something after difficulty or a period of time is that you experience greater feelings of gratitude. In turn, greater gratitude creates more patience. Patience and gratitude work hand in hand in bringing to you your most cherished dreams because when your are happier and more content, things come to you more easily.  

How to Cultivate Patience  

The desire to become more patient helps to change a current attitude. It doesn’t happen with a flip of a switch; it takes time to be more observant with ourselves. If you are feeling rushed during the day or impatient with someone, ask yourself...why?

Focus on short-term goals to reach long-term ones. Write down a list of attainable goals that truly feel realistic to accomplish. It can be as simple as turning on the computer and writing one paragraph of a new business plan. Keep it simple at first. 

Visualization Exercise

Close your eyes. Imagine yourself achieving a goal or experiencing something you always dreamed of doing. Take in all the details around you...what do you smell, feel, hear, taste, and think? Feel emotions of gratitude and happiness as you take in your surroundings. Use your creativity to create your perfect moment or scenario. This exercise only has to be a few minutes long and can be revisited whenever needed.   

Our brains don’t differentiate between a real memory and an imagined (visualized) one. The object of our focus determines our reality. According to neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn, PhD, “visualization activates the same neural networks that actual task performance does, which can strengthen the connection between brain and body.”

I love visualization. During my years running track in college, whenever I visualized the night before a track meet, my time and performance always improved. Visualization helps us to believe that we can attain our goals and this increases our patience.

Tree Pose

Place most of your weight on your extended left leg and draw your right knee up towards your chest. Turn your right knee out as you bring the sole of your right foot to the inner thigh or calf of your left leg. Press the sole of your foot and your inner thigh together. Steady your gaze and connect with your breathing. Press your palms together in prayer position at your heart, and then reach them up and over your head. Extend a line of energy out through the crown of your head down through the center of your body. Hold the pose for five to ten breaths and then repeat on your right side. Balance poses help us with patience and mental focus.

Waiting for Asparagus

Growing asparagus in my garden has been an exercise in patience. This perennial plant takes three years to produce. That being said, once asparagus finally grows, it’s a big payoff and will produce for twenty years or more. So, I highly recommend planting asparagus because it’s definitely worth the wait. This green vegetable is loaded with fiber, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. It’s also a delicious snack.  

Asparagus Recipe:

Wash & trim off the ends of 10-15 asparagus stems. 

Steam asparagus on high till tender.

Drizzle with lemon, olive oil, and sea salt.

Zest the lemon peel and sprinkle over asparagus. 

Tips for Increasing Patience:

-Be observant of your current attitude

-Write of list of attainable goals

-Practice balance yoga poses

-Visualization Exercise

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