The greatest disservice our love for quick soundbites has done is create the illusion that people who reach the top of their game did so within a very short period of time. We get to see pictures of Olympic athletes as they cross the finish line. What we don’t see is the years prior to that where they trained their body to peak performance. If an athlete has their golden moment when all the cameras go off. It’s because they had the patience to do what many will not.
“Patience is a virtue.”William Langland (English Poet)
It takes patience to commit to building a new habit. If you seek a physically fit body, you know that you won’t achieve your ideal physique after the first workout. If, however, you build the patience to follow your daily exercise regimen, you may start seeing results after 6 months. If you continue for a year, you are likely to be a good candidate for Before and After transformation pictures.
Patience is not just about achieving small wins. It is also being willing to repeat the formula that leads to success after it has started bearing fruit. You won’t win the salesperson of the year award after closing just one sale. You have to keep going out there, meeting new prospects and doing even more sales calls. There is a tendency for Motivational Speakers to tell people they can have anything they want just by wishing for it. I believe you won’t get anywhere if you don’t put in the required work. Author and Management Expert, Patrick Lencioni wrote in his book The five dysfunctions of a team “Success is not a matter of mastering subtle, sophisticated theory, but rather of embracing common sense with uncommon levels of discipline and persistence.” The people at the top of their game worked hard to get there. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.