This month one of the topics we’ll be talking a lot about is patience. Sometimes it’s good and necessary to be patient, other times we should move quicker and/or let go of things quicker than we do. Today though I want to focus on that classic saying about patience: slow and steady wins the race. We’re all in a big hurry to get somewhere, get something done, meet someone or even be someone. It’s not a bad thing to have a goal that you’re working towards and be really excited about getting there. In fact, that’s a good thing. But sometimes when you’re excited about reaching the finish line you skip over essential steps in the journey, maybe even jeopardizing the end result you were hoping for.
Slow and steady means that first and foremost you’re taking your time to create and follow a checklist or list of steps. It means that you’re making sure you’re doing things right so that the end result is what you were hoping for. Cooking is a great example of the importance of slow and steady. If you do any cooking you’ve probably tried to rush a few recipes, maybe by throwing in a “splash” of milk instead of measuring the exact amount the recipe (or box) calls for. As a result you may end up watering down the recipe which could alter the other flavors you’ve added, causing you to either suffer through a not-great recipe, or try to fix it by adding other ingredients. Your additions may help the recipe turn out great, or not so great, but if you had only taken a couple of extra seconds to do the measuring it would have turned out as expected and no fixing would be required.
Patience, and the concept of slow and steady, doesn’t mean that you have to stop. It is more about being more intentional about the steps you take and how you do them than waiting and not doing anything. If you’re waiting around patiently for things to happen, make sure that you’re not supposed to be doing things at a slow and steady pace, or that there aren’t other things you could be doing. For example if you’re patiently waiting for a job (and filling out applications on a daily basis whenever possible and going on interviews), there are probably lots of things that you’ve been putting off doing around your home or in your life like balancing your checkbook, cleaning and organizing or exercising or hobbies, or even super relevant activities like learning things that can boost your resume. So in between patiently doing and waiting for applications and interviews, get going on those other things because you’ll feel better about yourself and better care for yourself, and won’t feel as frustrated about not working because you’ll be using your time well.
Let’s take this month one day at a time!