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Patience Day 23 -Why Do You Feel Rushed?

September 11, 2018 Leave a comment
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Why Do You Feel Rushed?

If you’re like most people in today’s hectic world, you often feel pressed for time. We have a lot of obligations. In addition, we’ve become pressed to multi-task much more in the digital age. This can leave us in a state of constant urgency, and that’s no good for our health. Both our emotional condition and physical state are compromised when living on high alert. Let’s examine some ways to deal with this ever-present issue.

Become Comfortable with Discomfort

One of the keys to overcoming this need to hurry all the time is to actually learn to deal with how uncomfortable you feel when something has slowed you down. Learning to sit quietly when you’re in line at the store, stuck in traffic or otherwise in a place you’d rather not be is something that will help you tremendously in the long run. Practice just being, without the aid of your smartphone or a magazine to keep you occupied. You’ll soon find yourself feeling less impatient.

Focus on One Thing at a Time

While multi-tasking has become a way of life these days, experts have indicated it’s not an especially productive strategy. Practice doing just one thing at a time and giving it your undivided attention. This focus will likely help you to get more done and to feel more accomplished, leading you to also feel less rushed.

Put Limits on Screen Time

I’m a big fan of electronic devices and social media. I am. However, I also know that along with the benefits they offer can come some significant drawbacks. One of these is that you can become a slave to your devices if you’re not proactive in putting a stop to it. Try to give yourself a time limit for each social media visit and don’t answer every email as it arrives in your inbox. By choosing when and how much time you will engage in these activities, you’ll start to notice less of an urgent need to be readily available.

When tempted to pick up your smartphone or log into your computer, try choosing a different activity. Go for a walk. Call a friend. Clean your living room. You’ll start to see less dependence on your devices also.

Cut Down Your To-Do List

Much of our hurry is self-imposed. You are the only one who can help in these situations. Take inventory of the things you think you “have” to do. Try to find ways to cut some of them off your list. By lessening your obligations, you’re bound to feel less rushed and pressured. This is one act that might help the most.

Give these suggestions a try if you think you’re feeling too rushed lately. Lowering your sense of urgency will go far toward increasing your patience levels.

Assignment Day 23: Answer These Questions. Use Your Journal to Record Your Answers

  1. Why do you feel rushed, and what can you do about it?
  2. What role does this sense of always battling the clock have on our overall patience?

 

 

 

 

Patience Day 9 – Get In The Habit Of Realizing When Patience Is In Order (part 2)

August 28, 2018 Leave a comment

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Yesterday I talked about the times when the virtue of patience is definitely more in need than others. The first two areas were: when you really want something and when someone is getting on your last nerve. Here are the remaining two areas.

When You’re Feeling Stressed

With stress come a lot of strong emotions. Emotional responses are often impulses. They certainly don’t rely on patience. Stressful times call for extra patience in order to be sure you handle the situation in a manner that you won’t later regret. Stress is probably one of the best signals that patience is in order.

Psalm 118:5-6 (NKJV)- I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  

When You’re Feeling Pressured

Nothing’s worse than having your boss breathing down your neck or when your own high standards are causing you to feel under the gun. When you’re feeling pressured to get something done or to meet a certain goal, you naturally want to hurry things along. This can be a mistake. Being patient and thinking things through can be your best defense against making needless mistakes that will only set you further back. It may seem counterintuitive, but taking time to strategize is your best bet when you’re under pressure.

These are some examples of when patience may be in order. Take note of any others you think of. This information can help you to make proactive decisions in the future and to employ patience when it’s most needed.

Assignment Day 9 – Read the Scripture Passage and Meditate On It

James 1:-2-4 The Message Bible (MSG) – Faith Under Pressure

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience Day 7 – 5 Signs That You’re An Impatient Person

August 26, 2018 Leave a comment

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You’re taking part in this challenge, so it’s likely you want to improve upon your level of patience. However, do you consider yourself to be an impatient person? It can be difficult to see ourselves in a less-than-pleasant light and to actually admit to our weaknesses. However, self-improvement requires honest introspection. You don’t have to tell anyone else, but it’s good for you to be able to admit to yourself if you could use some work in this area. So here are five signs you may be an impatient person.

You Rarely Live in the Moment

Are you always looking ahead to tomorrow, next month or someday? Failing to live in the moment may be an indicator of impatience. You want great things to happen, and you want them now. While that’s understandable, it’s also not very realistic. I suppose this may be a case for the saying of, “Good things come to those who wait.” It’s very unlikely that you’ll get what you want immediately, so learning to deal with the discomfort of waiting will definitely help to make your life a lot easier. Plus, it’s just more fun to enjoy the here and now. Otherwise, you’re missing out on some great stuff.

You Get Angry Over Little Things

Do you find yourself losing your temper frequently? That can have disastrous results on your health, your mental state, your job and your relationships. If you get mad a lot, consider the reasons. It could be that you’re not very patient, and you’re becoming frustrated when things don’t immediate happen as you’d like them to. Gaining some perspective and learning to employ patience can truly help you to overcome a lot of your agitation.

You Interrupt

Are you constantly interrupting others so you can make your point? It may not be that you think what they have to say isn’t important. You probably are just so impatient to make your own contribution to the conversation that you find it hard to resist jumping in. Frequent interrupting is definitely a sign of impatience and is one small area you can begin to work on.

You Lack Empathy

This one may be hard to admit. Impatient people sometimes lack empathy for what others are going through. They find themselves being frustrated with people instead of trying to relate to them and figure out why they’re behaving as they are. If you find yourself being critical of those around you quite frequently, consider whether this is a sign you could stand to work on your patience.

You Hate Wasting Time

Does the idea of wasting even a minute of time make you cranky? Impatient folks often despise being anything other than efficient as they go about their day. Time wasted is seen as opportunity lost. If this is you, it’s important to understand that not everyone is on your time table. They aren’t likely to view things in the same way. What’s important to you may seem rather insignificant to them. People don’t mean to be inconsiderate when you perceive them as slowing you down or wasting your time. Go easy on them and try to decide what absolutely must get done now and what can wait a bit.

Do you see yourself in any of these five signs? If so, you may be an impatient person. You now have a starting point or two to begin practicing more patience.

Assignment Day 7:

How do you feel about what you are learning about patience and what you are learning about yourself as a patient or impatient person?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patience Challenge Day 4 – Patience Is A Skill – Practice Helps

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment

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Patience doesn’t come easily to all of us. It’s a skill that has to be practiced in order to be fully developed. Rather than feel frustrated with yourself for your lack of this precious trait, I’d like to show you just how you can work to gain competence and start to become a more patient person. Don’t worry. You can learn to improve upon this skillset. It just takes practice.

Why You Need to Practice Patience

Patience can hurt you in a great many ways, even in areas you may never have suspected. If you’re regularly an impatient person, chances are good that others have noticed. When you develop a reputation for being short-tempered or unsympathetic, people will begin to react accordingly. You could miss out on career opportunities due to your reputation, and your personal relationships could be damaged.

Signs and Causes of Impatience

Pay attention to your body and its reactions when you find yourself feeling impatient. There are probably some common signs you exhibit during such times. Once you recognize them, you can take proactive steps to address your emotional state. Perhaps you find your fists clenching or your muscles becoming tense. Many people first notice they are becoming agitated when their breathing changes. It may become shallow and rapid. Maybe your feet start to become restless or particular emotions are running high. Take note of your particular physical cues to help identify when you are feeing less than patient. Once identified, you can work harder to overcome these specific issues.

Ways to Practice Patience

If you feel tension in your body, practice relaxing your muscles in order to release that pent-up energy. You can start from the top of your body and slowly relax each muscle group. This focus will give you time to calm down and to then deal with the cause of your impatience. Also, some positive self-talk can help. Remind yourself that you are in charge of your feelings; they don’t control you. This type of encouraging yourself can change your mood dramatically. Another strategy is to move your attention from yourself and how you’re feeling onto others. If you’re impatient with someone else, try to imagine what is causing them to act in the manner they are. A little empathy goes a long way.

If you’re not a naturally patient person, it’s okay. It truly is. You can practice patience on a regular basis in order to become better at showing it. You’ll soon see it really is possible to be more patient with yourself and with those around you.

Assignment Day 4:  Write down in your journal the things that cause you to become impatient. Then look over your list once it begins to accumulate so that you can search for common patterns.

 

 

 

Patience Challenge Day 2 – What Exactly Is Patience?

August 21, 2018 Leave a comment

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“Patience is a virtue!” But what exactly is patience? It’s important to have at least a basic understanding of the concept and the areas of life that are affected by it if you are to cultivate more of this virtue in your life. That’s what today’s post is all about. We’ll look at brief definitions of what it means to be patient spiritually and naturally, along with an overview of the ways patience touches your life and why it’s important.

About Patience

Here are a few of the ways Merriam-Webster defines patient. Patient is, “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” “Not hasty or impetuous,” and “steadfast, despite opposition, difficulty or adversity,” are also definitions found within this dictionary. While the concept can be used in different ways, it generally seems to refer to the ability to tolerate discomfort.

This tolerance can be in terms of waiting for something we greatly desire, managing negative feelings during difficult times or maintaining composure when feeling rattled by the behavior of another. One thing to note is that, despite the dictionary definition, how each of us defines patience is likely to be different, even across various stages of our lives.

Biblically, patience comes from a Greek word which is derived from two words. Hupo which means “under” and Meno which means to abide. Simply said, “If you rest or remain in God, no matter what things or circumstances you are brought under you will endure” (Ginger London). God uses patience to as one of the processes to make this happen in your life.

The Impact of Patience Throughout Life

Because patience involves tolerating discomfort across settings, it makes sense that the concept would have unique significance to individuals at various times in their lives. The ability to be patient also affects different parts of your life, no matter what stage you may currently be in.

Being able to handle frustration in whatever form it presents itself is beneficial to your mental health. The ability to be patient during particularly stressful or hectic life stages can save you a great deal of unhappiness and strife. It can improve relationships when you are better able to manage your emotions with regard to the behavior of others. Patience is necessary on the job, during life transitions such as becoming a parent or moving away and as you reach old age when you find yourself unable to complete tasks with your former ease.

Benefits of Being Patient

Beyond aiding one’s mental state, there are lots of benefits to being patient. With patience, you’re better able to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Because you don’t have the need for immediate gratification, you can weather the struggles in order to wait for the reward of achieving your desired result. You’ll form stronger relationships when you’re a patient person because you are able to be tolerant of behaviors that frustrate you. This tolerance, combined with communication, allows relationships to withstand adversity and continue to grow. Learning to be more patient may even be good for your physical health because it helps to lower stress, which is associated with problems like headaches, digestive issues and ulcers.

Patience is different things to different people. It manifests itself and is needed more at various times in your life and across a number of settings. Above all else, it can benefit you in countless ways to learn to cultivate patience, and that’s just what we’ll do throughout this journey.

Day 2 Assignment:

Write down in a journal five areas in your life you need to practice and develop more  patience. (for example, relationships, work)

 

 

 

Revive Me Again, O Lord!

July 23, 2018 3 comments

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It has been some time since I have written on my blog. This year so far has been one that has required me to focus on others. My dad had some medical challenges at the beginning of the year and I did some traveling with him to make sure he would be okay (not to mention I got a trip out of it). He still has some challenge with getting his blood count number up, but things seem to be going well. If you know of any foods he can eat to bring the number up, please post below. I will be very appreciative for any information that will help him. 

After doctor appointments and several trips (fun trips!), I find myself saying the words that can be found in Psalm 51:10-12, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence,  and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”

I know my life’s purpose and assignment and my prayer now is to be restore with joy and renewed with a loyal spirit.  I love my family, but it is mid-July and time for me to regroup and refocus on what I am suppose to be doing in the earth. I have a trip planned in September that will bring a “time of refreshing” opportunity so that I can “get myself together!”

Keep me in your prayers as I finish this year strong and on top.

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Making Every Moment In Life Count

November 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Need to squeeze more time out of each day? I’m going to get right to it…

If you’re like MOST people, you’re wasting the most precious and limited resource you have – your time. Every second the clock ticks away at another moment of your life, and that’s time that you will NEVER get back. You can’t save it, you can’t hoard it, you can’t stash it away to use another day. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and it’s the most valuable thing you’ve ever been given. Fortunately, with just a few simple techniques, you can mine more usable time from your existing supply, and I can show you how.

Watch the training video I did for the Royal Exchange Challenge Year-End 95 Days Challenge on “Making Every Moment in Life Count Time Management Challenge.” During this fun and interactive video training, you’ll learn… How to identify your high productivity and low-energy periods, and maximize both, Your Top 5 Major Time Wasters, and how to overcome them to get back on track, How to maximize your prime energy times to get the necessary things done and have time for the things you WANT to focus on, and The 3 key elements to effective time management.

Watch here

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Simple Tips To Achieve Better Time Management

October 21, 2013 2 comments

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Better time management need not be elusive and can be as easy as following a few simple and basic steps. What you won’t find here is rocket science but techniques that you can apply and begin seeing results from.

You can start by evaluating what you currently do. If you’re not already writing down your time management goals for the day, then there’s mistake number one right there. Writing down your plans gives you a clear purpose and objective to achieve. If you don’t write them down it’s easy to lose track of the tasks you need to accomplish for the day getting you behind schedule. The act of writing your goals and putting pen to paper also makes it real and gives you a greater sense of accountability than if it were just an idea alone.

Keeping a clear and detailed journal or diary chronicling your progress will give you tangible evidence of what works and what doesn’t creating a continuing basis to improve upon. Since no system or method is flawless in itself, the maintenance of a journal allows you to re-evaluate your strategy until it’s perfect, or near enough. So it’s important to write it down.

Don’t rush. Trying to cram in as much as possible during a limited window of opportunity doesn’t get things done, in fact it tends to have the complete reverse effect. So, never try to rush through your tasks to completion throughout the day. This kind of strategy can backfire and leave you having to back-peddle and fix things you may have neglected by cutting corners.

A great way to get the most from your time is to trim your day of unnecessary steps. It’s incredible just how much time is wasted with unnecessary processes. If you want to achieve better time management you will need to eliminate any steps that are not critical to the completion of a task. These extra steps often add time to the clock and hinder your ability to be effective and efficient. So, if there are any steps that undermine your potential to achieve better time management, those steps have to go!

Avoid any temptation to overwork yourself. You may think that it earns you brownie points with yourself, colleagues or the boss, the fact remains that when you work for too long or too hard, all you really end up doing is overexerting yourself making you more unproductive. Taking a little rest break or day off now and then will lead to better results in the long-term. You need to recharge your batteries to stay at the top of your game and there’s nothing like coming back into a challenging situation or problem with a fresh pair of rested eyes.

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