In the time it will take you to read this sentence, chances are you're already feeling restless and distracted. When someone rambles on like we're doing now, you might be thinking to yourself, "get to the point already!"
Our society has become obsessed with instant gratification - live streaming, online dating, same-day delivery. Don't get me wrong... I love Amazon Prime as much as everyone else, but unfortunately, these instantly gratifying, quick-fix services are creating a population of incredibly impatient individuals. This then begs the next question, is anything wrong with that?
Unfortunately, the answer is a very firm yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.
Research has shown that impatience is directly linked to frustration, irritation, and anger, all emotions that increase stress levels and hypertension. As you may recall from our month of "Show Stress Who's Boss", stress comes with its own slew of dangerous and damaging health risks including heart disease, diabetes, and asthma, just to name a few. Another study showed that impatience is even linked to being overweight, with impatient individuals being more likely to be obese than people who are good at waiting.
So then, clearly patience is something worth working on!
In this tool, we are going to help you explore two different concepts of patience:
1) Short Term Patience: The type of patience you might need when you're waiting in a long queue for your much-needed morning coffee or when you're waiting on someone who is running late.
2) Long Term Patience: The type of patience you might need when you are working on a long-term vision or goal such as building a business or working on a relationship. In this section, you will also explore and develop your own criteria for knowing which long-term goals and dreams are worth it, and which might be draining more than they're giving.
Before we dive in, please answer the below questions on a scale from one to five with one being "strongly disagree" and five being "strongly agree".