Hustle+Patience = Winning in the now and in the future.
Patience: “To be able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.”
Whatever journey you are on; whether you’re an entrepreneur starting a business, a fighter in the ring, or an athlete attempting to reach a new performance level or standard, patience is key to your successful outcome.
If you’re a fighter, patience is working in and out of the pocket: jabbing, moving, testing but above all WORKING to find an opening. Being able to keep a tight defense, stay light on your feet, continually slipping and striking without over-committing is tiring work. Exhausting. If you don’t believe me, take a boxing class and try to keep your hands up for an entire hour. And when others will get tired, get frustrated and get sloppy… that’s when you win.
Patience doesn’t mean you just keep running into a wall. If you do run into a wall, that’s totally fine. Just learn from it and move on. However, it DOES mean if you don’t see forward progress with your current strategy, you will need to make small adjustments until you find your opportunity. It also means you stay HUNGRY. In fact, my personal definition of patience is staying hungry while failing, being fatigued, being literally hungry, feeling lost or uncertain, feeling any disempowered emotion in general.
Even though you’re on the new diet and you’re planning your meals and you aren’t getting the results that you want… that’s ok. That just means you add something into the mix. Maybe you add 1G of fish oil for each gram of body fat. Maybe you add sprints to your weekly workout (or other fast movements if you cannot sprint). Maybe you add in weights. Maybe you add sleep. But you don’t get discouraged, you look at the data and make a decision.
Patience is keeping engaged.
It doesn’t mean wringing your hands or worrying yourself over all the things that could go wrong, or not happen, or that won’t happen for you. It is trusting that your plan was a good one, and that all you have to do is stick to the plan and not get distracted. Focus on the step you are taking today. When that step is complete, move on to the next one. And the next. And the next.
Experiment new ideas
Sometimes, it takes patience to test through new ideas in order to find one that produces results. This actually takes longer because you can’t do something different every day, you have to continually follow plans through to completion to see if they work well for you or not. Realistically, you will likely be testing out strategies in multiple areas of your life for the rest of your life. Fitness plan is working well, so I’ll double down and work out 5 days a week on this already good plan and TEST how it feels and what results it produces. At the same time, I’ll implement a new strategy to improve my personal relationships for 30 days and I’ll see how that feels.
Patience requires an understanding that success doesn’t come from right action, but habitual right action, day in and day out, for a lifetime.
You will succeed. You will find a way. Your work is working for you, so long as you stay focused and stick to the plan.