How to Master the Art of Waiting

If you have ever had to wait for anything at all, you know what I am talking about.

Yet, the waiting time in your life and business is unavoidable, and unless you master the art of waiting, you risk the feeling of frustrations, overwhelm and ultimately panic.

Once you understand that your waiting time can be incredibly positive,  then you might be more open to waiting

  • You need to wait to get your Business Name registered
  • And wait for people to read your article when you hit publish
  • Much as you’d love to get your money on a Tuesday, you have to wait until Friday because that is the payout day for your payment processor
  • Perhaps you are waiting to seal a business deal
  • Or waiting to get the “Congratulations, you got the job” email

The waiting time is essentially weaved into every thing we do whether you are waiting voluntarily or forced to wait.

Either way, smart people have learn to master the art of waiting rather than go through intense pressure and that is what I am going to show you for the rest of this post

  1. Understand why the waiting period is so important: Business aside, waiting is essential to human lives.

There is no better explanation that I can give it other than God’s chance to give you a time to pause and reflect; pause and find out more; pause and research; pause and spend time with yourself.

Waiting expands your mind and undue stress during this period is usually a reflection of not doing your homework or lack of confidence in your past action.

Let’s use one of the above as a typical example, “you are waiting to seal a business deal”

If you have met with all the stakeholders, attended the necessary meetings, submitted all documents and attended to all correspondence, all you had to do is wait for the final stamp from the big boss.

When the big boss comes, he sees that the house is in order, he only has to sign the final papers.

However, once he signs the papers, you win the N15,000,000 [$50,000] account – that is a huge deal; and now the big boss has to make sure everything was done right, so he’s back to the very start to ensure all the documents are in the right order. That, accounts for your “three months” waiting time.

However, if you knew that after waiting three months, you will win a N15,000,000 [$15,000] account, wouldn’t you be willing to wait?

In the same vein, the big boss might award the account to someone else and you wonder if three months of your life has just drifted right in front of your eyes.

That is why this next phase of mastering the art of waiting is crucial.

2.  Your line of action: I just told you that if you did the right things at the right time, the waiting time can be incredibly positive.

However, even after doing all the right things, you might still get a negative result, the reason why you should always determine your next move well in advance.

This next line of action might be to work on a new business relationship, follow-up on old contacts, attend a tech conference, get a new job or sign up for that course.

Activating your next line of action releases you from “stress” common in the “waiting period” and helps you get better, achieve a new goal or get a totally new sense of direction.

3.  Put a time to it: As Todd Herman said, any goal that is past 90 days is not a goal, it’s a vision. There is research that says if you don’t put a time to it, it doesn’t get done.

Depending on how much time you have, map out a thirty, sixty or ninety day goal and pinpoint exactly when what is going to get it done.

4.  Measure your Success: you sure don’t want to end up feeling like you didn’t maximize the waiting period.

To avoid that, set out metrics that you would use to determine how productive your waiting period was.

Metrics could be from setting up a new appointment to adding more connections, totally up to you.

That said, the waiting period isn’t the time to complain or stress out. You can maximize it and come out of it with two results:

  • The results from waiting
  • The results of what you did while you waited

Have you ever felt frustrated from “waiting?” How did you deal with it?


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