“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne
When was the last time you were frustrated from waiting in a long line, an electronic device that was taking too long to load the correct page or from being stuck in traffic? This happens to all of us from time to time. We want things to be done as quickly, accurately, and efficiently as possible.
This expectation causes a lot of impatience and stress in our lives; we cannot always have speed, accuracy, and efficiency all at once. When we are rushed to do something, it makes us stressed and more likely to make a mistake. Having to fix the mistake takes additional time, increasing stress levels and possibilities for additional errors. The stress limits our ability to creatively think of new ideas and come up with better ways of doing things. Giving it time can provide value in a number of ways. Here are a few of them:
Good work and creative thinking take time. If you rush it, you might have a finished task or product that doesn’t illustrate your full potential. In order to make a good song, blog post, poem, book, painting, or anything that you are creating, give it time. Giving ourselves this space allows more room for thoughts and creative insight to weave into our work.
Emotions are powerful and can influence us without our awareness. When we are mad, it’s challenging to remain rational because it’s easy to get caught in the moment and say something that you don’t really mean. If you are not in a good state of mind to continue the conversation, see if you can separate yourself from the situation. After being able to process your thoughts and emotions, it is easier to come back calm, collected, and ready to appropriately express your opinion.
With both physical and emotional wounds, healing takes time. When our injuries limit our mobility or abilities, it’s easy to try and push ourselves to the point of pain and worsen the injury. Instead, be kind and patient. It will pay off in the long run. Time may not heal all wounds, but it does help.
We get excited about a goal, or fed up with our current situation, and want instant change. This craving for instant change can cause us to get impatient and lose hope when we don’t get instant results. If you give up on your goal, it will take even longer to achieve, so keep going and don’t give up.
So how do we give it time without procrastinating? Be clear in your intention. Honestly ask yourself if the additional time is helping you advance on the task or if it is just pushing it off. To help make it easier, give yourself a check in date to see how things are going. If it’s a goal or habit give yourself a date that you want to have achieved your goal by. When you give yourself the time you need you give yourself another step towards success.
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