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Patience Day 30 -Reflect On How Far You’ve Come And Where To Go From Here

September 18, 2018 Leave a comment
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Reflect Back Over The Last 30 Days

Let’s take a quick walk down memory lane and browse through all the different topics we covered over the past 29 days. Here’s a quick rundown:

1. Welcome And How Patient Are You?
2. What Exactly Is Patience?
3. The Importance Of Becoming A More Patient Person
4. Patience Is A Skill – Practice Helps
5. Quick Patience Tip – Count To Ten
6. Patience Is A Virtue! Or Is It?
7. 5 Signs That You’re An Impatient Person
8. Get In The Habit Of Realizing When Patience Is In Order (Part 1)
9. Get In The Habit Of Realizing When Patience Is In Order (Part 2)
10. Reflect On When You’ve Been Too Impatient
11. Times To Be Patient vs. Times To Act
12. Using Visualization Exercises To Help With Patience
13. 3 Things You Must Do After An Impatient Outburst
14. The Physical Side Of Impatience
15. The Physical Side Of Impatience
16. Create Awareness About Losing Your Patience
17. Pinpoint What’s Causing You To Lose Your Cool
18. How To Avoid Emotional Explosion Infographic
19. Scriptures On Patience
20. Give Yourself A Time Out To Recoup Your Patience
21. Give Yourself A Time Out To Recoup Your Patience
22. Meditate Your Way To Patience
23. Why Do You Feel Rushed?
24. Build Cushions Into Your Daily Schedule To Make Time For Patience
25. Selah! – Rest Day
26. How Gratitude & Thankfulness Can Make You More Patient
27. Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
28. It’s Ok To Act Patient Until You Develop It
29. Patience Is A Choice
30. Reflect On How Far You’ve Come And Where To Go From Here

We’ve reached the end of our journey. I can’t believe it! I hope this time together has been as enjoyable for you as it’s been for me. More than that, it’s my hope that you now feel you possess the information and tools you need to become a more patient person. We’ve covered a lot over the past month.

We started off our journey by defining patience and talking about why it’s important. Beginning with an understanding of the concept and a strong framework is necessary to continue learning. We then discovered some tangible tools and techniques to put in place in order to begin to demonstrate more patience and to calm down when you’re feeling frustrated.

It was early in our time together that I first introduced the idea that patience is a skill that can be learned. Because it’s so essential to the process, we re-visited the idea toward the end of our 30 days. It’s empowering to know that patience can be learned, practiced and improved upon. You aren’t a bad person or less worthy simply because patience doesn’t come easily to you.

In addition, we learned about some of the things that cause us to feel less patient. Personal triggers are a big problem for some of us. Knowing what triggers you is essential to overcoming it when you feel it happen. Feeling less rushed and more gratitude are also practices that can reduce your tendency to feel impatient.

Finally, we looked at your motivations to want to become more patient. These are all very personal to you. Knowing and acknowledging them can push you to move forward on your journey of learning ways to become more patient. Recognize that this won’t happen overnight. Bring out your list of reasons when you feel like giving up.

Assignment Day 30:

Take a few minutes today to reflect on not only how far you’ve come, but more importantly how this simple 30 day challenge has influenced you and changed you for the better.

What has had the biggest impact on you?

What tips and ideas have you found the most helpful? Those are the posts that you want to go back to again and again.

What positive experiences have you had as a result of the information you’ve gained?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience Day 22 -Meditate Your Way To Patience

September 10, 2018 Leave a comment

 

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Find A Quiet Place To “Think On These Things”

We have eight (8) left on this challenge. I pray that you have been empowered and inspired to learn more about patience, as well as, learning how to become a more patient person. Starting with this post, I will discuss how to become a more patient person. Let’s get started.

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of meditation. It can lower stress, increase attention and even improve certain aspects of your health. These advantages are actually quite relevant when it comes to patience. We’ve already talked about the relationship between stress and patience. It makes sense that if you can lower your stress levels, it will help you to become a more patient person. Join me as I give you an overview of the practice and show you how meditating can lead to more patience in your life.

About Meditation

Meditation is a spiritual practice that dates back centuries. Today, people may engage in meditative activities for reasons other than the spiritual, but it is still a deeply personal and customizable practice. Meditation involves focusing the mind on the present moment. It forces you to push away all the jumbled thoughts that may be running through your mind. There are various forms of the practice such as guided imagery, mindful meditation and spiritual meditation. What’s important to know is that the process doesn’t need to be complicated, nor does it require a great deal of time.

How It Works

You can meditate in any quiet area. In fact, it’s possible to do so in stolen moments among a crowd. All that’s required is that you tune out the outside distractions and pinpoint your thoughts on the current moment or on a specific mantra. This can be done in a seated position or while lying down. Repeated practice leads to a host of benefits.

Benefits of Meditation

Your overall emotional well-being, as well as your physical health, is likely to be enhanced through exposure to meditation. You will likely begin to become more mindful of your present feelings, feel less stressed about daily worries, become less prone to agitation and improve your self-awareness.

Meditation and Patience

The relation between meditation and patience is clear once you realize the other benefits that come with the practice. When you’re less stress, you won’t be as subject to becoming upset or annoyed by things outside your control. Being more mindful of your present state also leads to increased patience. You’ll feel less at the whim of outside events when you’re able to focus on what is going on in the moment.

Meditation doesn’t have to be an intimidating thing. You can practice it in any way that makes sense to you. The encouragement now is to learn about various types of meditation and start practicing them on a regular basis. It will get easier with time, and you’ll soon begin noticing the rewards.

Assignment Day 22:

Find a quiet place to meditate on scriptures that resonate with you concerning patience and peace.

Here is one to get you started:  Philippians 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience Day 19- Scriptures on Patience

September 7, 2018 Leave a comment
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Here are some scriptures on patience to help ease your evening before you take your sleep rest for the night.

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
Proverbs 14:29 | NIV |

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Ephesians 4:2 | NIV |

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 | NIV |

Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.
Proverbs 16:32 | NIV |

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 37:7 | NIV |

Be always humble, gentle, and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another.
(Ephesians 4:2)

Hot tempers cause arguments, but patience brings peace.
(Proverbs 15:18)

Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.
(Romans 12:12)

 

 

 

 

Patience Day 13 – 3 Things You Must Do After An Impatient Outburst

September 1, 2018 Leave a comment

No matter how patient a person is, they’re bound to lose their cool once in a while. toddler with red adidas sweat shirt

While I want to stay positive and focus on the ways you can work to build more patience, the fact remains that we’re all human and sometimes we’re simply going to lose it. Even the most patient people lose their cool sometimes. Rather than beat yourself up over it, listen to three ways to proactively deal with such situations when they arise.

Listen to the teaching audio here: https://stme.in/386wKAfmeU

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TAKE A TIME OUT!

 

 

Patience 12 – Using Visualization Exercises To Help With Patience

August 31, 2018 Leave a comment
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Visualization Can Help With Patience

 

Cultivating patience is something that takes time, and ironically, also requires a great deal of patience. However, you don’t have to just sit around idly twiddling your thumbs and hoping to become a more patient person. In fact, that approach would likely not result in the spiritual maturity or self-development you desire. I’ve already shown you a few ways you can proactively work to become a more patient person. In today’s post, I’d like to explore one more. Visualization is a powerful tool to reaching a number of positive gains, and it can definitely help you to acquire more patience if you take the time to invest in the practice. Let’s look at how using visualization exercises can help with patience.

About Visualization

Visualization is a process in which you create an image in your mind of a future event you’d like to see come to light. It involves imagining and seeing events unfold in a way that is desirable to you. For visualization to be effective, it is best if you focus on the details of a scenario, down to the individual steps involved and the surroundings in which the event occurs. People have been using this method for centuries to help them attain success and to achieve their goals. It’s actually been scientifically studied and proven to provide tangible benefits. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Benefits of Visualization

You can gain many benefits from visualizing yourself becoming more patient in life and in pursuing your dreams and goals. Many of the positive results of this practice can be used to help you increase your patience. In fact, one of the advantages of visualization is its versatility; it’s a tool that can be used anywhere at nearly any time and tailored to your specific needs. Professional athletes have used variations of this strategy to improve their performance. Visualizing your desires can help you to gain clarity and enhance your potential. As with meditation, this practice also has a track record of improving focus and lowering stress. Both of these are useful in becoming more patient. Seeing yourself becoming more patient, you can decrease nervousness, increase confidence, and increased patience.

Why It Works

Visualization is a process that can help you reach your goals. It actually transforms your brain and rearranges the connections within it. According to research in the field, neurons that control communication within the brain interpret visual imagery just as they would concrete actions. Therefore, actions are set in motion within our minds to form these pathways in the same manner as if you’d actually completed the steps you imagined.

Assignment Day 12

Find a quiet place where you can begin to practice visualization to develop patience in your life.

 

Patience Day 11 -Times To Be Patient vs. Times To Act

August 30, 2018 Leave a comment
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Times To Be Patient vs. Times To Act

Listen To The Teaching Audio Herehttps://stme.in/RCOzXUbF03

We’ve already talked a bit about when patience can be a bad thing. I’d like to expand on that a bit today by addressing how to know when it’s time to be patient and when it’s better to take action. There’s often a fine line in these matters, so let’s take a look at some signs to know a leap of faith may be in order. Telling the difference between times to be patient versus times to act is delicate, but knowing just a few tips can help you move from indecision to positive action.

When You Truly Want Something

Have you had a dream for so long that you can’t remember a time when it wasn’t something you wanted? If so, why haven’t you acted on it? Wanting something desperately is a clear sign you need to take some kind of action. Being patient simply isn’t cutting it anymore. Reflect on the goals you’ve always wanted or those that have been at the back of your mind for a long time. Decide which are of most importance to you and then start to make a plan for how to reach them. Even if you’re just starting with baby steps, you’re at least taking some action. And that’s better than doing nothing. “Faith without works is dead.”

When in Doubt

If you’re starting to have a nagging suspicion a promise someone has made you is never going to come to fruition, it’s probably time to stop being patient. Waiting around for others can be frustrating and, frankly, a little demeaning. It can take away your awareness of action. Instead, hop into action and let them know you’re no longer depending on them to come through for you. Go ahead and do the thing you’d been waiting for on your own or find someone reliable who will help you. It can be difficult to realize that not everyone has your best interests at heart, but also quite liberating. Hear my testimony about waiting patiently for someone to help me who never did and a testimony about one of my family members who was waiting patiently for someone to change in a relationship on the teaching audio. Here is again is the link https://stme.in/RCOzXUbF03

When Perfection Is Holding You Back

Sometimes perfectionism is disguised as patience. You may think you’re being patient by not going for what you want or trying something new. What may actually be at play is your intense need for perfection or some other negative emotion such as fear or insecurity. Dig deep to discover what it is that’s keeping you from making that move. Once you’ve identified it, kick that bad boy to the curb. You don’t need to let fear, insecurity or perfectionism keep you stuck. Take action to push past them and live the life you deserve.

These are merely a few examples of the times you should act rather than being patient. I’m sure you can think of more. It’s my hope that today’s teaching will help you to recognize when you may be relying on patience as a means of not taking the action you desire. Once you start noting the difference, you’ll start to feel much stronger and in control of your life.

 

Patience Day 10 – Reflect On When You’ve Been Too Impatient

August 29, 2018 Leave a comment

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It’s a fact of life. Sometimes we’re going to be impatient, and we’re also going to feel bad about it. Perhaps we’ve hurt someone’s feelings due to our lack of patience or maybe we’ve made a fool of ourselves because we let our frustration get the best of us. It happens. We’re only human. It’s what you do about these lapses that really matters. Let’s take a look at how to reflect on what you’ve been too impatient and how to handle such situations.

Recognize Impatience Has Occurred

First, it’s important to recognize your impatient transgression. Sometimes it can be tempting to just push such things under the rug, but doing so rarely helps us to do better in the future. It’s when we acknowledge our weaknesses or mistakes that we can correct them. So take time to admit what has happened so that you can deal with it. You definitely need to admit the issue to yourself. It can also be helpful to admit your mistake to others if you’ve hurt someone or caused hard feelings.

Reflect on the Incident

Once you’ve recognized what you’ve done, the next step is to reflect upon it. Think about the underlying reasons you might have acted so impatiently. Consider how you were feeling at the time, whether there were specific things that triggered you and if this might be a pattern you encounter often. The more questions you can answer for yourself, the better you will be at resolving the problem and getting better at avoiding such un-pleasantries in the future.

Make Amends

If you have hurt someone’s feelings, you really should take time to apologize. You’ll feel better, and so will they. In addition, you’ll be letting go of any negative feelings that may hold in a pattern of continuing to exhibit such behaviors in the future. It’s easier to make change when you’ve freed yourself from the burden of regrets. Starting with a clean slate will let you move on in a positive manner.

Plan for the Future

Finally, you need to learn from your mistakes and plan for ways to avoid making the same ones in the future.

Assignment Day 10

Write down the specific things you have done wrong that caused some impatience in your life.

Beside each one, make a note of what you could have done better. This is a fantastic exercise for gaining perspective and for making real, lasting change. Seeing your proposed actions steps on paper is a powerful tool for pushing you forward along your journey to do better.

Follow these steps when you feel you’ve been impatient. Doing so will feel so much better than wallowing in your regret or simply trying to forget about the incident. The hard work of self-reflection is all a part of your journey to becoming a more patient person

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