When you ask people if there’s anything about themselves they’d change, an answer that almost always makes it near the front of the line is more patience. All of us have goals and desires and once we’ve settled on them we’d like to see them DONE as soon as possible. Yesterday would be nice.
What we can’t seem to get our heads around is that doing something worthwhile takes time. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule. Not every single worthwhile thing takes time and all things done quickly aren’t worthless. For instance, Paul McCartney dreamt the Beatles song “Yesterday” and scribbled it down upon waking in about a minute. There’s an example of brilliance finished – Yesterday! But in general, we’ve got to work longer and harder for our worthwhiles.
Time is the active ingredient in success
Let’s think about dinner. Sure, you can tear open a box of Kraft Dinner, boil, mix and have your meal ready in ten minutes. If you use the microwavable kind you can probably do it in a minute. That’s a perfectly serviceable dinner. However, if you want to have a worthwhile dinner experience you’ll read up on recipes. You’ll plan a menu, go shopping, cook, create ambience in the room, decorate the table. You will go to all kinds of lengths to make the experience memorable. All of that takes time. And patience in the preparation.
The dinner experience can be extrapolated out in all kinds of ways. For instance, maybe you want to start running, but you’ve never run anywhere except to catch the bus. You might be able to run around the block right off the bat. And if that’s your first run, you’ll probably feel pretty good about that. But now that you’ve decided running is your thing, you have your heart set on the big race. A marathon.
Now you’re in preparation phase. You have to run every day. Set up a training schedule. Get the right shoes. Make a commitment to your running future. Unthinkable hours for the foreseeable future. When you finally cross that finish line after the race will all that time spent preparing be worth it? Absolutely.
Time spent is an investment in your future
Whether you’re looking to accomplish a specific goal, or land the right job, learn to play an instrument or become a motivational speaker, it won’t happen as fast as you wish. You will have to learn and practice and fail and do it all again. But all the time you spend doing those things is an investment in your ultimate success. Worth the time spent.