In my last blog post I wrote about finding your Zone and what it consists of; dialing in and finding your focus takes a lot of practice and patience. Just like performance it takes a lot of dedication and due diligence to perfect this mental asset. So, in light of helping you all find your Zone I decided to blog this week about practicing patience - something that anyone can use to help themselves find success.
Practicing patience is something that comes as a virtue to most people; it's not easy since it requires a lot of time. It asks for someone to drop their ego in every situation and instead put themselves in someone else's shoes. However, if one can master this tool it can be a huge asset to how successful you become. Let me explain; when you practice patience you're able to utilize three key variables that contribute to success:
When you're able to utilize your long term vision you're able to put yourself in someone else's shoes and really understand how a long term relationship can benefit your success. Similarly, trusting your instincts is the result of seeing out the long term vision; when you have your instincts so finely tuned you're able to trust them without hesitation. And finally, preparing for your craft allows you to learn it so well that you can see the long term results before they even happen. I'm going to show you how each of these can be practiced to help you find success.
1. Long Term Vision
The rule of thumb that I always preach to my clients is before making a decision think of how it'll affect you 3 years from now. This goes for anyone and anything; regardless if you're an athlete dealing with a situation with your coach, or a business professional trying to close a deal think of how it'll affect you 3 years down the road. Once you're able to start thinking like this everything becomes easier. You're able to remove the emotion from your decision making and understand what it really means to establish a long term relationship with someone instead of just seeing it for what it is in the moment. Ultimately, this variable helps you understand others which is why you need to drop your ego and put yourself in someone else's shoes.
2. Trusting Your Instincts
Your instincts are what ultimately drive the long term actions. Think, the way you react to a situation can affect your long term results instantly. For example, you never want to be the person who thinks emotionally in any situation and loses the respect of coworkers or teammates due to poor decision making. In life you always get called upon to make an instinctive decision; in sports you may have the game winning shot in your hands, do you take it or do you pass? In business you may be the one presenting to the CEO of another company to win your business a sale, are you able to instinctively answer all the questions properly, or do you choke when it really counts? Learning how to fine tune your instincts takes both practice and patience; exercise patience to figure out how well you're able to adapt to a situation.
3. Learn Your Craft
Prepare, prepare, prepare. I can't stress how important it is to learn everything possible about your craft, or more simply put to engineer your life around your craft. When you learn your craft inside and out the first two points become much easier to execute. You learn who your competition is and how you can compete with them in the long run. When you're able to see your craft fully for what it is you're able to adapt better to situations and able to fine tune your instincts. But, this too takes practice and patience - it's never going to be easy right away, but eventually it does become second nature.
Practicing patience is something that you can do to have an easier time finding success. When you're able to practice patience you're able to think logically and emotionless. It allows you to be a step ahead of everyone else instead of always competing to just "stay in line with them;" and if there's one thing we can all agree on is that you never want to be on the same level as everyone else - you always want to be ahead.