I want to start this Five Minute Friday with a quote from author David G Allen: “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.”
How many times have you made plans, had expectations, or set goals that were unfulfilled? 2020 has been an extremely different year from what we all expected – that’s for sure. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on people’s health, businesses, jobs, and vacation plans.
Today, July 24, 2020, was supposed to be the day of the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. I had plans to be there. But forget me. Thousands of athletes really had plans to be there. Now, we all know that the Olympics, like so many other events, have been postponed.
This requires immense patience. For many aging athletes, this was the last chance for them to compete in the Olympics. My guest this week, for example, Kerri Walsh-Jennings, was hoping for one last crack at glory. New athletes, who thought this was their perfect moment to burst onto the international stage, are also facing massive disappointment.
This leads me into the topic of this Five Minute Friday: How can we turn discouragement into patience? How can we not let our unmet expectations ruin our future?
Practicing patience is extremely difficult but also extremely important. You have to make the best of what life gives you. Some circumstances are truly out of our control, like this COVID-19 pandemic. Other times, it’s getting a fitness injury, losing your job, or arguing with a close family member. Situations arise that cause conflict and ruin plans.
The important thing is how you respond to those situations. After dealing with the grief or frustration, you have to make a choice: are you going to stay in a negative state, or are you going to move forward? Sometimes, when things don’t go our way, we find the life that we were meant for, instead of the one we thought we wanted.
In this Five Minute Friday, I want to give you some tips on how you can maintain patience even when your instinct is to be impatient. These practical steps will equip you with what you need to practice patience and growth in your daily life.
Join me on Episode 984 to learn how you can get unstuck and start practicing patience TODAY!