I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
When building a profitable practice, you’ve heard the phrase, “Patience is a virtue.” Well, if that’s the case, how do we develop patience? People are busy and days are spent jumping out of bed, rushing to get ready, answering emails, rushing home from work, fixing dinner, putting kids to sleep, and falling into bed only to do it all over again the next day. While technology has made life easier, it has also contributed to shorter attention spans and even less patience. We can order meals, find our favorite song, and watch a newly released movie with a few types of a screen. It seems we have lost the ability to be patient at a time when patience is a critical skill to have.
If you have found your patience being tested regularly, it’s possible to change that. And it isn’t as hard as you may think. Anything worth having is worth working for. Developing patience is possible and can lead to a healthier and happier life.
Here are 4 tips to help you create a life of patience:
1. Note those times when you are impatient. Do you notice impatience rising when you have to wait in the grocery checkout line? Do you get frustrated when you run late? You may need to eat before you head to the store, or you may need to leave early before appointments. Acknowledge why you lose your patience and then use that information to find ways to control it.
2. Acknowledge that you are uncomfortable. Our society emphasizes immediacy so we lose patience when we have to wait longer than we think we should. Waiting an extra two minutes for fresh fries is an inconvenience, but it’s not life-threatening. Instead, acknowledge that it’s only a discomfort, but it is bearable.
3. Practice empathy. Imagine standing in the grocery line behind a mother with three crying children. You may grow impatient because of the noise, but why not stop and put yourself into her shoes. She may be weary and embarrassed and just need someone to understand. When you do that, you will realize the reason for your impatience is a human doing the best they can.
4. Take a time out. Some days, the best thing you can do is put yourself in timeout. This can be a beneficial tip when you have small children. When they cannot describe what is wrong, and you want to help, it is easy to give into frustration. Instead, try to walk away, breathe deeply, and regroup.
Bring more joy back into your life when you develop patience. It takes a little work, but the benefits pay off in a happier, healthier life in deep relationships.
I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com\contractnegotiations to pick up the free guide to help you negotiate the contract of your dreams.
You can also develop more patience by increasing your work ethic. Check out our blog post here for tips on building your work ethic and getting things done with a more patient mindset.
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