Practice Patience

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In today’s fast-paced world of “immediate everything,” patience seems in short supply. Add in the holiday hustle and bustle and being patient truly becomes a virtue! This season, practice patience and reap the benefits of a happier and healthier you.


Melanie Ott

Inspirational Thoughts

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” ~ John Quincy Adams

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait — it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” ~ Joyce Meyer

The Many Virtues of Patience

Patience is a Practice

No doubt about it: Being patient is hard. No one likes sitting in traffic, standing in the ‘slow’ line, waiting for a goal to materialize, or even pausing the few seconds it takes for a web page to load! Keep in mind that most anything worthwhile takes time and effort.

Consider the tongue-in-cheek statement, “I need patience – and I need it now!” The irony of patience is that it takes time to learn – exactly what the impatient person feels short on. Next time you feel frustrated, irritable, or in danger of losing your cool, take a deep breath and commit to practicing patience.

Red mug with hot chocolate with melted marshmallow snowman

Patience Brings Peace

Fortunately, the benefits of patience are worth the wait. Patience increases your personal power and presence. The greatest reward is inner strength and well-being. Patience also helps you reduce stress, make better decisions, cope with life’s challenges, and become a kinder, more tolerant person.

Power Flows from Patience

In her book The Power of Patience, M. J. Ryan (one of my favorite self-help authors) says having patience with yourself, with others, and with life’s ups and downs determines your peace of mind. She views patience as the combination of three awesome qualities of mind and heart:

With all that in mind, why wouldn’t you choose patience?

Patience can be perceived as inaction or weakness because it feels slow and gentle. Don’t be fooled: Patience is power. Choosing patience is choosing action over reaction: waiting, listening to your intuition, then taking purposeful action. You may not have control over a situation, but you do have control over your reaction. As Benjamin Franklin said: “He that can have patience can have what he will.”

Tips to Increase Patience

Here are a few simple ways to practice and strengthen your patience:

Focus on the Future

Our Leap Forward Coaching process will help you find the power in patience. Our thoughtful methods will teach you to balance patience and action for your most peaceful and fulfilling life.

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