“Patience and perseverance are cornerstones to building a successful business.”

Building patience and recognizing the journey on today’s Coachcast.

Patience: The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

We all understand that feeling of impatience that we get when things are working our like we want them to. In today’s world of instant gratification this feeling comes upon us more often than in the past. It’s just the wat the world works now and we need to recognize that.

I know all of us here have strong goals and are hard workers which often leads us to being impatient. We are making changes and learning new things and want the results to appear now.

This really hits home for me now as I work on building this community. I want this community to have thousands of contractors all working together to build better contracting businesses and have a lasting effect on the contracting industry. I know that some day in the future, buyers will want to hire contractors that are part of this community and by being a member we will all benefit. Problem is, I want that now. So I have to be careful not to get discouraged, not to give up or settle.

I don’t want you to settle either.

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We all need to work on our patience. We have to avoid getting too caught up in wanting things now that we lose sight of all that we are accomplishing. Today is Halloween, remember as a kid how excited you would get? We would spend weeks thinking about our costumes, planning the night and thinking about all the candy we would get. Then the night would come, we would go out and get all that candy, come home and spread it on the floor to wee what we got. Then after we looked over what we had there was that feeling of some disappointment and the let down that it was over because at the end of the day all that we had was a bunch of candy. The journey was over. You see, it was the journey that was really getting us excited. That’s what we really enjoyed. You could have a huge bag of candy dumped on the living room floor anytime, there is no joy in that. The joy was in the preparation and planning.

The same is true for your business or career. Depositing that bonus check is no more exciting than getting a tax refund. What’s exciting is working hard to earn that bonus and reflecting on what you accomplished when you make that deposit. It’s not the goal that’s important it’s the path there. So keep that in mind as you work on your journey and start getting that impatient feeling.

There are a few things that can help along the journey to ease the pain.

One way is to break your larger goals into smaller parts so you can recognize steps along the way. You will be able to celebrate more often and realize that you are getting ever closer to your goals.

Be sure to keep an attitude of gratitude. Make sure you reflect on the wonderful things you have in your life. We live in an amazing time and we should all be grateful for that.

Make sure you track your progress. How can you reflect on your journey if you don’t record it. When you go on vacation you take pictures so that you can relive that vacation in the future. Do the same for your journey of life.

Take-Action Items:

  1. Remember, it’s the journey not the goal that matters

  2. Break your goals into smaller stepping stone goals

  3. Have gratitude for the small improvements and the journey

  4. Track your progress – keep your memories

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