Patience is indeed a virtue. It is the ability to tolerate, wait a delay without being upset, and stay calm while you are waiting for the outcome of something.

Being patient is not very easy, especially in these uncertain times when we are all getting more and more frustrated. Even though it is not easy, we must develop patience and understanding towards other people as this will help us to listen and show empathy to difficult people.

To be a patient person we must start trying to be objective enough to step back and see the situation at hand through the other person’s lens. Click To Tweet

We also need self-awareness to understand how our words and actions affect the outcome of a difficult relationship.

Occasionally, we all lose our patience which is okay. However, doing so frequently can damage our relationship with other people or escalate a difficult situation.

Patience is a valuable character trait to develop. So how do we start to develop patience?

  • Practise taking a deep breath before saying anything. Sometimes we say out the first thing that comes to our mind without considering the consequences.
  • If you are the type of person who likes to rush around because you want things to be done immediately and you are used to making snap decisions, you must start practising how and when to STOP.
  • It is very easy to judge other people. To be a patient person we must start trying to be objective enough to step back and see the situation at hand through the other person’s lens.
  • Do not be a know-it-all, do not force your opinions on people. Always listen and ask positive questions or seek for advice.

To conclude, the key to everything is patience. “You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it open.” – Arnold Glasgow