I want to talk about patience. Not because I have it – au contraire – for as long as I can remember, that is a word that had sounded more like a curse word than a virtue. I mean, I want what I want and I want it now! Don’t you agree?
Sometimes it is very hard to be patient in blogging. The numbers in our statistics are not growing as quickly as we would want and our emails might not be jam packed with messages from brands wanting to work with us, so, naturally, there are days of frustration and impatience.
But who says we have to give in to everything that comes natural to us? What separates us from other living creatures is that we can actually acquire knowledge and act upon a decision rather than a feeling. That might cause a better outcome.
Bill Gates has said that “patience is a key element to success.”
That is something I’ve read over and over when studying successful people. Even in our own ball game, haven’t you heard so many times that most successful bloggers didn’t get there over night?
So what really is patience? Here’s Wikipedia definition:
“Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties. Patience is the level of endurance one can take before negativity. It is also used to refer to the character trait of being steadfast.”
As we can see, without patience, our actions can be very negative. Loosing patience and giving in to frustration causes us to lose focus. We waste time whining and complaining when things are not going our way.
Patience, however, gives a sense of calmness, calmness projects confidence, confidence leads to smiles and smiles often result in successful relationships that can lead us to good things happening.
So what should we do next time impatience creeps up on us?
Direct your focus and energy on activities that will produce results even if they cannot be seen right away – keep consistent on your social media, keep creating quality content, maybe make a new connection in the industry. This will give you a sense of accomplishment, and when you know that you have done your best, it is easier to be patient because you know that the results will come. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but they will. Like Napoleon Hill said: “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
Have you ever thought about the importance of patience in your blogging life or career? Does it come easy to you to be patient?
By Karina De Jesus, Beach and Dress