6.13 Patience is a Virtue
Productivity hack no.65 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.
You’ve set your ultimate goals, defined your process steps/actions and are ploughing through them. But it feels like you’re not really making progress fast enough. You’ve taken the time to be clear about what you want to achieve and are feeling a bit frustrated about how long it’s taking. Now that you’re a goal setting, action orientated ninja you want results and you want them NOW!
Don’t fret. It’s a really common feeling.
You may also feel a little overwhelmed as there are still a whole load of process steps to take and you can’t see your way through them to get to the end.
It can be disheartening. But don’t let the magnitude of your ambitions overwhelm you and get you down.
To achieve anything of any significance takes real effort and application. It takes time.
To master anything takes 10,000 hours of practice according to Malcolm Gladwell in his excellent book ‘Outliers’. That means to master a musical instrument (real mastery of it), for example, would require 20 hours a week for 10 years before you’d have really nailed it.
The good news is that you don’t need to spend as much time as that heading for your goals. But you do need to spend quite a few hours in a consistent way to move forwards.
When I started running I was overweight, asthmatic and really very lazy. My youthful days of rowing glory(ish) were decades past. I ran 1km and nearly died. Then stretched it a bit. And some more. If I’d thought about the full extent of running 42.2km in one go without stopping I’d easily have been disheartened.
I have daughters who each learn multiple musical instruments. They work methodically through the grades and eventually go for Grade 8 (or reluctantly with much screaming and shouting some days). If they focused on Grade 8 straight away they (and we!) would probably give up. It just seems a mountain to climb.
The thing to remember is that you’re only aiming to hit the next milestone (process step) along the route to achieving your goal. If you’ve mapped out the steps and given them deadlines and an overall timeframe you’ll be able to see how long it’ll take to get to where you want to be.
You must be patient. Just tick off the tasks and move on to the next. In the words of Arianna Grande ‘thank u, next.”
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