If there is one thing I want more in life is the Patience.
I am a fairly patience-less person.
Patience is good for us.
Patience is important in life because it gives us the ability to wait and the good things comes to those who wait. Who patiently do the hard work even when you don't see any results.
The Marshmallow Test
The Stanford marshmallow experiment was a study on delayed gratification in 1972 led by psychologist Walter Mischel, a professor at Stanford University. In this study, a child was offered a choice between one small but immediate reward, or two small rewards if they waited for a period of time.
The findings of this test was that the children who waited and got two rewards are more successful in the longer run that of those who couldn't wait.
I fall into the first category. If this test was to be conducted on me, I would definitely fail.
But how did I manage to do good things in life: Because I was always held accountable by the people around me.
I know that I lose patience and will most likely give up in the mid-way. To counter with that, I have created a system of accountability which forces me to be patient with the results.
Another mindshift that I implemented in my life is the idea of loving the process instead of the rewards. I no longer chase rewards. I chase the joy that comes from doing the things I love.
Advantages of not having Patience
Having patience has a ton of advantages. You are most likely to succeed in life if you are more patient with your results. BUT not having patience has it's advantages as well.
While I was growing up, I always tried to race the clock. If I am working on an assignment and the assignment takes 60 minutes. I would dare myself to do it in 40 minutes. And when I could do it in 40 minutes, I would again dare myself to do it in less time.
I don't have the patience to read lengthy books which enabled me to speed-read. I can now read at a speed of 500+ words per minutes. I am working on to improve it even further.
I don't have the patience to listen to long audiobooks which enabled me to listen at a speed of 4x the original speed. 10 Hour long audiobook is finished in 2.5 Hours.
While I was in college, I didn' t had the patience to watch long movies so I would try watching the movie at 50% more speed than the original. But I had to discontinue this because then no-one would watch a movie with me.
I used to set yearly goals and a year is a long time period. And since I lack the patience, I would try to reach my yearly goals in 3 months. But it's just experimental and I would write a blog post on how this goes.