This month as you know our topic is patience. We’re at the last Wednesday of the month, and I wanted to make sure we didn’t get out of this month before we talked about being patient with ourselves. One lesson I’ve learned over my years is that things usually take time. Some things happen rather quickly in the scheme of things, like the amount of time it takes to make a really good cup of tea or coffee, other things take longer, like having a baby, and still other things take longer like becoming a giant sequoia tree.
If we’ve chatted about business or work or making money before you’ve probably heard my dislike of get rich quick schemes like MLM’s, buying likes for Facebook pages, or spamming people. The interesting thing is that each of these concepts at large do have value, just not as people think they do. MLM’s are really like joint ventures which are valid business opportunties, Facebook is a way to make money and promote your business and if you want to be successful you do have to be in contact with people. How this second set of concepts is presented and followed through on make all the difference. They may not seem as easy to do as the first, but the first set creates results that are only a shade of what they could be if real effort was put into it, like those in the second set.
So where does this bring us? Simply that we can’t turn into Richard Branson, Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou, The Pope or any really big leader over night. We have lots of lessons to learn, issues to work through and dreams to dream before we can become like them. That’s not to say that we can’t get there, because each of us have incredible untapped potential. It just means that we have to be patient with ourselves as we put in the time and effort to develop the skills, knowledge, resources, relationships, life lessons and drive necessary to get there.
Superman may be able to leap from here to the top of Mt. Everest in one bound, but most of us can’t, and that’s OK. Do one or two things each day, little or big, that will bring you closer to your goal. Don’t give up because it is taking time, keep working and you will get there.
“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.” Heraclitus