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Being patient is one good human attribute that will take you places in life. When things get difficult, being patient will help you all through the way. Most people are not aware that patience is an exercise of self-control. Exhibiting a great deal of patience shows that you can wade through perilous times and can withstand whatever trouble life throws at you. However, in today’s world where technology has made a lot of things quite easier and we can get what we ordered within a few seconds, patience can be so rare.

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People want what they want, and they want it now. The truth is there are certain things that are quick to acquire in life. Yet are still others that require so much time to arrive, and most times, patience is required in order to get those things.

Being impatient can be problematic for you and can create setbacks in your life. Impatience can cause you to make poor decisions that can affect your happiness. It can put you under a lot of stress and affect your relationships in a very negative way. It can also cause you to doubt yourself and decrease your confidence level.

Below are some of the benefits of being patient:

1. Exhibiting patience means that you have the ability to be persistent and stay in something for the long run. You are capable of being in your lane because you do not try to cut corners or do things in an unethical way. When you patiently do the work that needs to be done, and your commitment is strong, the results you want will appear. Patience, therefore, is a key component of success.

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2. Patience, as a virtue, requires self-control. When you are patient, you will be deliberate enough so as not to cause problems for people. Patience requires you to have the insight to think about other people and their happiness.

3. You do not have to stress yourself out by complaining or whining when things do not go as planned.

4. Being patient affords you the chance to do the things that need to be done in order to create something great. You take note of important details. You take your time to go through things and do them as they should be done. Taking your time to do your tasks will result in something amazing. 

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5. When you have patience, you will understand that not everyone and certainly not everything runs on your schedule. Also, you will always remember that everything is not under your control.  With this awareness, you will guard your heart when expecting certain outcomes.

6. Patience is a virtue that strengthens your ability to be compassionate. You will be compassionate towards yourself and will show compassion for others around you.

7. Being patient will help you make better decisions during important situations. When you are not anxious to do something, you will take time to think about it and come to the best solution possible.

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This article was first published on 6th July 2022


Ohia, Ernest Chigaemezu is a writer, editor, and grade teacher based in Jos, Nigeria.

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