Manufacture Your Day by STAYING PATIENT
I am not sure about you but I have to constantly work on being patient, and I do believe that I have gotten a little bit better over the years. However, I am not going to lie – it is hard work.
- I am impatient when I have to wait in line.
- I am impatient when I have to wait for a table in a restaurant.
- I am impatient when I explain something and I realize that the person doesn’t get it right away.
- I am impatient when people move painfully slow.
- I am impatient when it comes to my own progress.
Can you relate? Yes, we all have a shadow side and I am never shy to share mine.
Having said this, I am always patient when I work with committed people who put effort into self-improvement – may this be in my workshops or in my one-on-one coaching process. I have experienced improvements in people you wouldn’t even think are possible.
I know that when you believe in people and when you are willing to invest your energy, the results will come no matter what.
Unfortunately we live in a world of instant gratification. Management would like to see instant results without realizing how they may contribute to certain challenges. Employees on the other hand would like to see positive changes but many have become so disengaged over time that they would rather point fingers than doing their part.
It is a vicious circle.
Many people prefer short cuts and the easy way out BUT there are people who are prepared to go the extra mile. They have the drive and the willingness to get a little bit better each day. This is truly commendable and inspiring.
These people understand a very simple rule (quoted by Jim Rohn):
“If you want things to get better, YOU have to get better.
If you want things (or people) to change, YOU have to change.”
I refuse to give up on these underdogs (because I have been called one myself) and I will support them with every fibre of my being.
People who want to get better, always will. You can take my word for it.
It is like with little children when they start to walk. Some will walk with 9 months, others with 16 months but it is a given that they will walk. The results are in the making. We wouldn’t give up on our children, so we shouldn’t give up on our co-workers either.
I think there is something amazing about it when you realize that people are capable of doing extraordinary things.
Look for the extraordinary and you will see it.
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