This year has taught me the importance of patience. In this era of instant gratification and the digital revolution, it is too easy to get swept up in the spoilt mind-set of having it all, immediately. If I want a taxi I can take out my phone and book an Uber, which will be with me within 10 minutes. Maybe I want same day delivery; Amazon Prime has got it covered. Or perhaps I’m travelling and want an unlimited selection of books with me for the journey; Kindle.
Although these innovative products and services are almost essential to our lives now, should this attitude stretch to include other areas of our lives?
At the beginning of this year I was accepted onto the inaugural Fast Forward 15 mentoring scheme founded by the Managing Director of Zibrant, Fay Sharpe. The aim was to have an unbiased, experienced professional in my industry to get advice from, to learn from and to meet others in the industry through the network.
10 Months later I can happily say I have achieved the goals I set for myself back at the launch event in March 2015. However, it has been a huge test of patience and commitment. In my last post I mentioned how hard it is for me to commit to certain things. I hate the idea of regret; how at the time I can think I’m making the right decision, only to later regret it. My fear of regret holds me back from making commitments. I know this now after having logged all of my instances of indecisiveness throughout this journey.
After every session with my mentor I am required to log the follow up points, things I’d learnt and things I had set out that day to discuss. It has been eye opening; over the 10 months I have had four completely different ideas/brainwaves as to what I want to achieve in the next two years. My end goal has always remained the same; to become Head of Global Events or Marketing by a certain year, but my journey plan has constantly changed.
I have been adopting the same attitude to my career as I have to getting a taxi or ordering fast food; I want the most time and cost efficient solution. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan and believer of hard and smart working to get what you want. But that doesn’t stop me from also wanting quick, accurate results. I hate the idea of spending 5 years in a company, position or industry only to not get what I wanted from it.
But if in those 5 years I gained new skills, improved existing strengths, developed an impressive portfolio and built positive relationships then is it such a bad thing? Should we be quick to jump to the next best thing or should we be taking our time to commit to a company, position or industry and having patience that the hard work and commitment will pay off…eventually?