Why Are You So Impatient?

Patience is a virtue. It is a never ending exercise of the law of allowing. Survey says that we will more than likely continue to learn patience over the entire span of our lives. Patience is the lesson, but impatience is the teacher. Trust me I know this all too well. Allow me to explain.

In the learning and development world, there are a lot of nuts and bolts that go into developing curriculum and the courses that go along with teaching adult audiences. During the process, there are numerous people involved; all of whom have different agendas and responsibilities. If you asked any instructional designer (ID) what is the most challenging part of course design, the answer would be the interaction with subject matter experts (SMEs).

The job of an ID is to gather the necessary information needed for course material. Since most IDs are not experts in the particular subjects they are creating training for, they sometimes are at the mercy of SMEs. A SME not only supplies content, resources and support, they are also the group of people who will be reviewing the very information you initially received for a course. In a perfect world course development and implementation should take on the average four to six weeks. But in today’s job climate the turnaround for a decently sized course can be much faster. And you guessed it! The deadline does not change.

Sometimes, working with SMEs who have their own work responsibilities to attend to, who unfortunately at times have little or no concept of how training is developed, can be a frustrating exercise of herding cats. I say that with much love, because the SME is invaluable to us IDs. But God forbid you have more than one SME for a course and no one can hold to the submission and review process. Impatience inevitably will kick in. Not to mention, I am usually working on multiple courses at one time. This all puts yours truly in a mild state of panic and a constant need to meditate to remain calm.

However the last time I went through this, I looked closely at my impatience and discovered some interesting insights. These helped me to understand how to better work through situations not only professionally, but also how to apply them to personal situations that just seem to take their own sweet time to unfold.

Here are some insights I learned about why we become impatient:

1.       We are creators or co-creators. In essence, in the higher spiritual realms all creation comes from a thought and the idea flows into consciousness and becomes a reality. We are used to creating instantly; as you think it, so it will be. However there is one little caveat we have to remember. We are living in a much lower third dimensional world. We have to contend with time constraints and the consciousness of others. Before anything we think of can manifest in this environment, all conditions have to be met. Therefore situations and people have to fall into to place before we can see the result of that initial thought. We become impatient because deep within our soul we just know things should happen much faster.

2.       The next time you become impatient about anything, great or small, consider this: It is already complete. It is a done deal. It is reasonable to say that no one becomes impatient over a possibility. We become impatient over things that are inevitable. Whenever you become anxious about something that you want to happen, it’s because you just want it to happen NOW. Again, this goes back to the way we are accustomed to create as spirits.

3.      If you can remember the first two points, let impatience shift you into a state of allowing. A state of allowing gives things a chance to happen naturally. This yields patience. It also allows us to question our readiness for whatever it is that we are waiting for to unfold.
There were times when I was so impatient for content and rushed the SME. When I got it, it was not what I needed for the course. Then at times the timing of content delivery would conflict with the deadline for another course. Then I have to go into ‘juggling” mode. So ask yourself: “Am I really ready and prepared for what I want right now?”

4.       Make good use of that impatient moment. Turn your attention to something else. Go for a walk. Listen to soothing music. Smell the roses. Breathe. Reclaim your peace. Impatience works against the spirit and creates resistance. Relax instead and create the energy of Flow. It is when we are the least resistant, that things flow into our lives much faster.

These are just some of the takeaways I had from my impatient moments. My goal is to master patience and become a total “Zen Master” of fluidity and flow. What are some of the lessons you have learned from impatience? Feel free to share your comments below.

As always, we are growing in spirit. Therefore we will always be learning. Isn't it grand?

Continue to live in awareness, in-spirit and in love as that is the Divine Life.



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