There is a universal principle that goes like this . . . prepare yourself and the opportunities will come. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and especially about the balance between preparation, pursuit and patience.
I’m noticing that of the three, I am skewed much more toward patience than I am toward pursuit. If I had to break it down into percentages, my tendencies for exhibiting these traits would be approximately 35% preparation, 15% pursuit and 50% patience.
Patience is a virtue, yet too much of it is not a good thing. Some people might argue that one can never have too much patience, but I disagree. If I am more apt to patiently wait for something that I want to occur, than I am to actively pursue it, my patience may actually become a detriment.
I have seen this play out in several areas of my life. I have seen it in my relationships, in my health, and in my career. And . . . it has been a liability.
Assuming the best scenario is a balance of 33% in each area, I am right on track when it comes to preparation. Patience, however, is hogging much more of the pie than it should be. I am beginning to think that an over-abundance of patience can be indicative of passivity, particularly when it diminishes the pursuit percentage.
To remedy this situation, I have been increasing my efforts in pursuing what I want, instead of waiting patiently for it to come about. Instead of waiting to be offered my dream job, I am working to create it. Instead of hoping my health challenges will be resolved someday, I am actively seeking solutions despite the reality that it is difficult to continue to be optimistic since I have tried so many things that haven’t worked. As for relationships, I am pursuing a better relationship with myself by really listening to my inner voice and doing those things that will lead me to my highest good.
In my desire to achieve balance between preparation, pursuit and patience, I propose the following principle that may or may not qualify as universal. Here it goes . . . Prepare yourself by investing in self-development, pursue your dreams whatever they may be, and be patient as you wait for the right opportunities to be revealed, so you will know which path will lead you to becoming all you were created to be.
Test your capacity for patience here.