Picture this… you ate all your vegetables. You cleaned your plate. You’d cleared the table. And then it was that exciting time for dessert, only to be told to wait. Think of how frustrating it was to hear the word “wait” after having done everything your parents instructed you to do. The lesson was always cemented on the statement that “patience is a virtue.” Idiomatic cliches like this are thrown around so often that we don’t even stop to think about what they mean. But there’s a reason they’re used so often: reason being, they’re true.
The world we live in encourages rapid thinking, rapid responses, and rapid decisions. But, when it comes to business, having patience is a virtue worth practicing. Here are 5 reasons why:
- Being impatient isolates people and – in some situations – can annoy. It’s highly possible to alienate a potential business resource by pushing them hard.
- The natural byproduct of impatience is a tight timeline; usually one that you’ve created in your head that other people will find unrealistic. And what is the natural byproduct of unrealistic timelines? Resistance.
- When you jump the gun, you frequently overlook things, miss others, and create unnecessary problems that could have been avoided if you’d taken a breath and exercised some patience.
- Being patient is good for your reputation – both within your organisation and outside it. Employees and business participants will know that, because you are patient, your decisions are carefully considered.
- At some point, you will be forced to be a bit more patient. No matter how impatient you are or how quickly you move, not everyone will be the same. To avoid your own frustration, you might as well practice it anyway.