Patience: Playing the Long Game

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When I was in my early twenties I was lucky enough to learn a lot about my identity, dreams and truth. BUT, just because I had that awareness and certainty did not mean I had everything figured out…

When I was younger and was pursuing my independence and / or dreams, I had the idea in my head that it really wasn’t going to take very long to achieve my goals. Well, I was very wrong, haha. I always knew I had to go after a dream, but because of my naivety, when I would fail at something I would simply move on to the next thing. It took me a while to realize that it didn’t matter what I chose to pursue – I had to be committed and needed PATIENCE.

This is where I am at. I’m playing the long game. I am being patient. What I am working on is growing slowly, but I know that if I keep doing it, keep improving – walls are going to get knocked down and I will get to where I want to be. I’m okay with this. In society we tend to think that well if you hit a certain age and you haven’t achieved what you wanted then forget it. Not me. What I am trying to work on is just enjoying the process, just enjoying the journey. The moment you achieve your goal may not be very long, but the time it takes to reach your goal could take months and even years. I want to make sure I am happy in the process and not just at the finish line. To be honest though, isn’t a finish line just a new beginning?

I’m becoming wiser and stronger. A few of my greatest teachers are meditation, relationships and life experience. I’m learning when I am failing. I have a high permission level to fail. This is my secret to cultivating success. Holding onto perfect pictures sometimes will lead to an inevitable explosion. Perfection doesn’t exist, especially when you are aiming high in life. The path to success is quite messy. My life is a beautiful mess. It is not for anyone else to understand, but myself.

My perspective is shifting and I am seeing my life differently. I looked more at it as a race to a finish line. Now I see it more as an adventure, a series of mountains that I am climbing. I look forward to climbing these mountains, as much as standing on the peaks. What I am most excited about though, is right here, right now. Present time. That feeling that life isn’t good if I’m not at the finish line isn’t a good way to live. Becoming wiser and acquiring patience is what brings me peace. It helps me find the here and now.

Andrew

2.21.19 | CA

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Self-Belief

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You have an idea, but then you think, nah, that’s not possible for me. Only the lucky few are capable of achieving something like this. There’s no point in trying…

If you don’t even believe in your dream and don’t believe in yourself, how will you go on to achieve what you desire? It’s easy to get discouraged by competition, fear, the magnitude of the dream, anxiety, judgement, rejection, etc. I always think that talent and luck can be factors in accomplishing goals, but I also think that those who are persistent will inevitably break through the wall. What is this wall you speak of? Well, in simple terms, its the energy between you and your dream.

I remember a long time ago I was at a recruiters office for some military branch and they asked my friend and I if we thought leadership was something that could be learned or if it was something that someone just had within them. I think I recall saying that I believed that leaders were just born with that quality and I still believe that, but at the same time, I do think that anything can be learned.

For example, some people can just pick up an instrument and just play, while others it takes a long time to get good at it. That doesn’t mean that the person who isn’t a natural can’t ever become as good or better of a musician than the other person. The point I am trying to make here is that, we all may have ideas in our heads that excite our hearts, but we don’t even give a real chance because we don’t think it is possible. It’s only for the lucky few right? I call bullshit. If you can day dream about what you really want to do -Nike that shit. Just do it. Most likely you will suck at first. Keep the train on the tracks and eventually you will hit a wall. It will feel like the end of the world. Keep moving forward and that wall will give. It tends to get worse before it gets really good sometimes. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dream. You drink water and eat food to satisfy the needs of your body. What about your soul?

-Andrew