Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas Edison
It is the unfortunate circumstance that we are all the best at sabotaging ourselves on our pursuit to greatness. As Thomas Edison stated, many of us tend to give up on things just before achieving success. During our journeys to greatness, we experience setbacks, trials, negativity and a host of other hindrances that contribute to our impatience. When our impatience clouds our path, oftentimes that is when we give up on greatness.
There are many catalysts that start each of us on our journeys. We can be pursuing a new career move, seeking higher education or just attempting to master a new challenge. And though these catalysts are important in beginning us on our journeys, it is the momentum we build in the pursuit that makes the overall achievement possible. Each completion of a task, milestone or goal is a contribution to our momentum.
As I have stated before, a stumbling block to building and sustaining momentum is impatience. When our momentum collides with our impatience, we are often goaded into taking short-cuts by going against our values, objectives and principles. These short-cuts yield short-term, immediate fixes to lessen our impatience, but over time we will see how they have derailed us from our desired outcome. Deviating from our desired outcome leads to more impatience, and usually giving up altogether.
The need to counteract impatience applies to anything we do in life. When you are pursuing any goal that you set for yourself, the action to identify the goal, build momentum toward the goal and ultimately sustain that momentum is the key to achieving success. Anything worth having never comes as a quick win proposal; it will take time and I am convinced it will not happen overnight.
Think of your journey to achieve success in the same light as the famous fable – the Tortoise and the Hare – slow and steady wins the race. Now more than ever we need to demonstrate the character trait of being steadfast.
TAKE ACTION: How can you counteract impatience?
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