We live in a fast paced generation. We’re on-the-go nonstop, work long hours, and find joy in bragging about how busy we are. Then we expect immediate gratification for the work we put in. When we want something, we want it to come to us as fast as possible. Then, when what we want takes longer to achieve than anticipated, we get discouraged and give up. It’s easy to see where this rational came from. As a generation, we love things that are quick, easy, and immediate. I mean, look at Amazon Prime. Free two-day shipping? You can’t beat that! However, this type of thinking can be detrimental to our well being. For example, maybe you’ve tried to get in shape in the past. You put in the time and the effort. You went to the gym and cut out junk food. Then, when you weighed yourself two weeks later and the scale hadn’t budged. You’re annoyed and disheartened. Then you lose your drive and decide it’s not even worth it. Sound familiar? However, if you only stuck it out just a little longer, gave it a little more time, you could have reached your goal. This is just one example of how we expect instant results from our actions. It happens with our work, our studies, our relationships, the list goes on. The truth is:
Good things take time.
Which brings me to my next point: Sometimes, we get too caught up in the steps we take toward our goal. We forget the big picture, and why we are striving for that goal in the first place. Its hard to appreciate the all of the progress we’ve made when we have that mindset. Next time you feel lost, or lose your steam, take a step back. Look at your situation from another perspective. Have you been giving your goal 100% effort? Did you learn something about yourself? Have you stayed true to yourself? If you said ‘yes’ to those questions, you’ve succeeded. Don’t get so caught up in the pieces of the puzzle. Focus on the picture that you are creating in the end. Because eventually, all of those pieces will fall into place.
“Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet” – Aristotle
So slow down. Don’t expect everything to come to you as fast as an Amazon Prime package. You’ll get there. It just might take a little bit of time. Practice some patience and appreciate the process.
Written by GUADS staff member Angelina