Benefits of Patience
Updated: May 10, 2021
Developing patience is no easy task. Discovering a method for which to develop patience can be just as hard. A fresh, new perspective may be what you need. Golf is filled with wonderful perspectives and circumstances with which to stretch your comfort zone and experience growth.
Benefit from having more patience
Do you know anyone who could benefit from having more patience? Can you think of a time in your life when having more patience would have resulted in fewer consequences or less stress? Do you have a method for practicing patience? I’d be willing to bet at some point in life, everyone will be told they need to be patient. What does that mean? In a fast paced world where seeking immediate gratification has become the norm for most people, too many people have developed an understanding that patience is the antithesis of immediate gratification. However, the use of patience in everyday life, such as with the decision making process, in relationships, while driving, at school, work, or at any point during one’s professional development, utilizing some element of patience is certain to have its advantages.
Developing patience is no easy task. From a very early age I can remember many people telling me, or others around me that people need to be more patient. Okay, sure; but how does one find it? Where can one get some? Why should one seek to avoid immediate gratification? Being decisive, responding quickly or discovering the path of least resistance is typically embraced by most people. However, the quickest path may not have the most wisdom or life lessons and too frequently carries with it discomfort and penalizing consequences.
Nearly everyone can benefit from being able to utilize patience when necessary. It’s imperative that both children and adults be able to specifically define patience and develop strategies for exercising patience for the purpose of managing emotions. Additionally, and even more importantly, utilizing an element of patience among the everyday decision making process is certain to help individuals make better decisions. Too often children and adults make quick decisions based on their natural inclination toward immediate gratification. However, too often and only after the fact, it’s discovered that a better decision could have been made which would have decreased some level of discomfort or prevented any duplication of effort. Because people have a natural tendency toward making quick decisions, better decisions are easily overlooked and in many cases harmful consequences are the result. If people had a better understanding for the value of patience and how developing patience could positively impact their lives on a daily basis, I’d argue that many mistakes, accidents or penalizing consequences which are certain to elevate one’s level of discomfort, could be avoided.
Golf is a game that requires good players to think a little bit more, to examine all the variables a little more closely and evaluate the risk of nearly every shot. Good players understand that quick decisions will often include penalizing consequences that can further compound the agitation of a single bad shot or poor decision. Playing golf regularly will provide endless opportunities for people to find themselves in circumstances where they can practice exercising patience for the purpose of developing better life habits. I’d argue that it’s a good habit to practice patience regularly for the purpose of making better, more calculated everyday life decisions in hopes of experiencing fewer periods of discomfort, penalizing consequences or duplication of effort.
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