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Leadership elements series: Patience

To be ‘Faster, faster, faster’ seems to be the mantra today. We have fast cars, fast trains, faster communication means, fast food, fast friendships, fast marriages and fast divorces too! It’s the age of instant gratification and instant karma! We want quick results. The major part of the world that is living in big cities seems to have forgotten what ‘slow and steady’ means. Why is it so?

A study by Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization that aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer suggests that this is due to deeply ingrained beliefs in people who are, in today’s world, experiencing mass hysteria due to acute shortage of patience and high expectations from themselves and their surroundings. If we closely examine the belief system of people today, we find they have a similar pattern of thinking. Such as-

  • I should be able to do this faster and better than what I can.
  • I have so much to accomplish I’ll never be able to do it all.
  • I wanted this to be done yesterday.
  • I would rather get a job now than go through four years of college. That way I can make more money in my lifetime.
  • If I can change and grow, you should be equally changing and growing.
  • I am trying to change, but you keep on falling back into your old habits; that must mean you aren’t trying as hard as I am.

What is the end result? Dissatisfaction, anxiety & anger, when things don’t happen according to our accord or estimation, and it’s most likely that things do not happen as per our expectation! Such dissatisfaction, anxiety and anger spreads its effect quickly and create an environment of stress and negativity. When you are a leader and in a hurry, you also run the risk of burning yourself out in the pursuit of your goal.

Stephen Covey, the renowned leadership guru admits to have crammed his way through undergraduate school thinking he was really clever. He had learned to psych out the system, to figure out what the teacher wanted. He wanted the grade and did not want hard work to hamper his lifestyle. But he quickly learnt his lesson and paid the price in his graduate work. It was a different league altogether. He spent the first three months cramming here too but ended up in the hospital with ulcerated colitis. Then he spent years trying to compensate for the foolishness of getting himself into a value system that was not tied to principles at all. Stephan says that in the long term, there are no short cuts or quick fixes, only your principles of patience come to your rescue. He has beautifully captured it in his book Law of the Farm.Plant Growth The Law of the Farm says that you have to abide by certain principles if you want to reap the best harvest. The farmer must prepare the ground, put in the seed, cultivate, weed, water, and nurture growth. He cannot rush the natural growing cycle. A good crop takes the right soil, good timing, disciplined action and above all the invisible hand of God.

Likewise, the farm of our lives (whether in a business or in a marriage) too operate on natural laws; there are no easy short cuts or magic formulas. We have to prepare the ground, invest seeds of patience, de-weed, water, nurture growth and above all regard the hand of God, i.e, His Supreme Will without which, it is said in the Bhagavad Gita, not even a blade of grass can move. It’s important to note that natural laws, based upon principles, operate regardless of our awareness of them or our obedience to them. If you are a business leader, especially you need to have long term focus, patience and perseverance.

Let’s examine what patience is. It is defined as a display of tolerance, compassion, understanding and acceptance when something or someone is slow. Radhanath Swami says patience is imperative quality of a great leader and he defines patience simply as a positive way to deal with negativity.

How to root out impatience?

Only when we root out impatience can we start cultivating patience within us. The real root of impatience is the erroneous belief that we are the masters of our fates and we have everything under our control: that we can shape our destiny according to our desires. The truth is otherwise. It’s an illusion to think that we control very many of the factors that shape our lives. In the Vedic Scriptures, it is clearly explained that the Supreme Lord is the Supreme Controller and everything moves under his supervision. Although we have a tendency to lord it over nature, we should know that we have no power to control any single factor of our life leave alone the power to shape our destiny. The moment we realize and accept this fact, we can steadily root out impatience.

Benefits of cultivating patience:

Patient attitude gets you out of the instantaneous gratification model of thinking:

Look at the history of business leaders and you will find that no great achievement was ever created instantaneously by anybody at anytime. Great achievement is always a function of patience. Impatience often makes us do rash things and engage in poor decisions because we didn’t take the time to gather the correct information and resources. So, even as the entire world around you believes in the instant gratification model, you will develop a confident edge over others by your patient attitude and determination.

Having patience makes you aware of your surroundings and allows for breakthroughs to occur:

Impatience is directly correlated with narrow-mindedness and gets the mind to focus in on the negative side of things. If you’re patient, you become open minded and you see all the positive opportunities all around you.

Cultivating patience makes you see everything in the big picture:

Patience gives you the ability to place everything along your journey in the big picture. You see the lessons that you learn and you become aware of how they can help you. In other words, you leverage every experience along the way and maximize its use. Because you see things in the big picture, you anticipate roadblocks instead of being surprised by them, which makes them easier to deal with. When you become impatient, you think short term and quit and totally miss that moment where everything clicks together.

Patience + perseverance = Success

Radhanath Swami rightly notes that with no proper training, our patience can lead us to be lazy. So, we have to develop the quality of perseverance as well. He is quick to add that if we focus only on perseverance, our determination can make us restless to achieve the results. If we are drifting to restlessness in our determined endeavor, we need to practice patience and if our patience tends to make us lazy, we need to remember the virtue of perseverance. We need to add-in the missing element in us and strike a balance. How can we balance both patience and perseverance? Radhanath Swami reveals his magic formula for success- the Triple ‘P’ formula- patience, perseverance and most importantly prayer as the key to strike a balance between the earlier two ‘P’s. A culture of prayer helps us tap the power of conscience within and gives us the discrimination to balance patience and determination. Prayers also give the leader the necessary confidence to not get bogged down when expected results don’t happen.

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About the Author:

Preethi Pandit is an MBA by qualification and in her career of 10 years, she has represented corporates as head of HR and manager of large MNCs. She is a certified behavioral trainer and a coach as well. She quit the rat-race 5 years ago and ever since has actively taken up her flair for editing & writing as a full-time activity.

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  1. Balkrishan Arora says:

    Radhanath Swami rightly tells that with no proper training, our patience can lead us to be lazy therefor we have to develop the quality of perseverance too.

  2. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    Brilliant article! I have never read such an excellent informative and down to earth article on patience! I particularly liked Stephen's point "in the long term, there are no short cuts or quick fixes, only your principles of patience come to your rescue".

  3. Meera Sharma says:

    Thank you very much. Very informative article, exactly that is what i needed to hear.

  4. duruvan says:

    deep and insightful, very practical.

  5. surekha says:

    A very nice article about patience and HH Radhanath Swami's triple P concept.

  6. chitra says:

    Thank You Preethi mataji!Your articles are so beautifully linked to teachings of Bhagvad Gita

  7. Piyush Singh says:

    Patience + perseverance = Success. This is perfect a point from Radhanath Swami. Thank you for the post.

  8. harshad says:

    Being patient is very crucial for developing various virtues like tolerance etc.

  9. Mahendra says:

    Very Nice Article…

  10. vishvesh Jogalekar says:

    Thank you very much Maharaj for giving us Triple ‘P’ formula. is is really very true and very essential in our life to get success.

  11. Deepak says:

    very nice article

  12. Anand says:

    I really appreciated the article by Ms Preethi Pandit. Its not feasible for everyone to have a personal audience & direct counselling by Radhanath Swami Maharaj. But the senior disciples of Radhanath Swami have so wonderfully imbibed the mood & teachings of their spiritual master & are now working to spread the divine teachings of our sacred scriptures to the common masses. Thank you for writing & sharing these wonderful articles. It really helps in improving our thought process & improves our quality & way of lives.

  13. navin poojary says:

    Beautiful example quoted on Covey on the Law of the Farm and well connected to Laernings of gita . Thanks!

  14. sunny says:

    well this tendency is quite ingrained – even while reading this article I was saying "fast let me get something out of this!"

  15. Y.Raja Shekar says:

    True leadership qualities can be developed by hearing and following the instructions of great souls like HH Radhanath Swami

  16. Kiran Shetty says:

    Wonderful, informative and very thoughtful article…..

  17. achyuta govinda says:

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami and his student, the author for this nice blog

  18. rahul says:

    very insightful article. especially the point that patience & perseverance combined lead to success.

  19. Rahul Abhay Kamat says:

    nice article. thank you for sharing

  20. deepak bagla says:

    super, simply superb article!!!

  21. Rakesh Chandra says:

    A good article with example and experiences. Thanks.

  22. vraja bihari dasa says:

    its indeed an illusion to think we can control many factors of our lives. the article is timely in my own life. i've been super impatient and hope this article will help me learn the law of farm. also the point of balance between patience and perseverance has been brilliantly presented. thanks for the article

  23. Aishwarya says:

    Liked the point:"You see the lessons that you learn and you become aware of how they can help you. In other words, you leverage every experience along the way and maximize its use. Because you see things in the big picture, you anticipate roadblocks instead of being surprised by them, which makes them easier to deal with. When you become impatient, you think short term and quit and totally miss that moment where everything clicks together."

  24. Chandrika says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful article.

  25. madhavi says:

    thank you for sharing.

  26. Deepak Bagla says:

    Superb artcile. Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing this

  27. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Wonderful article on how not to get stressed out by developing patience and understanding. thank you for sharing.

  28. Swapnil says:

    Thank you for sahring success mantra given by Radhanath Swami. Thank you for nice, detailed explaination of Patience + perseverance

  29. saurabh says:

    Very wonderful article thank you very much for sharing this.

  30. vsk says:

    Thanks for the success formula !!

  31. Milind M Churi says:

    Very nice article.Author has made a perfect lineup of what is impatience is,then what is patience is and why perseverence is required in ones life.Yes in our day to day life we tend to become impatient and do or think something which actually brings us frustation and anxiety.But in this article author has perfectly imbibed essence of patience by giving example of Stephen covey which will inspire reader to take possitive steps in that direction.Also Radhanath Swami's advice that patience required proper training or it will lead one to a lazy person and therefore the need of perseverence.Thank you very much for sharing such nice article.

  32. praful mhatre says:

    very realised thoughts on patience. one needs to learn in life at very early sstage and specially apply when one is young and youth. Llife becomes very simple. very good article.

  33. Meera Sharma says:

    Thank you for the very informative article.

    I liked the Triple ‘P’ formula-

    patience, perseverance and most importantly prayer as the key to strike a balance between the earlier two ‘P’s. A culture of prayer helps us tap the power of conscience within and gives us the discrimination to balance patience and determination. Prayers also give the leader the necessary confidence to not get bogged down when expected results don’t happen.

  34. Jackie says:

    very enlightening! jaya….

  35. Paramesvara Dasa says:

    To become positive, we need to accept, Triple P formula— patience, perseverance and prayer. Very Good. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami.

  36. Samir P says:

    explanation about triple p formula is amazing. thank u.

  37. mohit bhatt says:

    it's better to be slow and steady than being fast and unsteady, nice food for thought

  38. Aishwarya says:

    It is said, "Enthusiasm without patience is false pride

    And patience without enthusiasm is laziness."

  39. vvdd says:

    wonderful article on patience and perseverance in spirituality

  40. tushar says:

    Thank you for your good article.

    As you rightly stated Prayer is really very essential to keep the calm

    when things are not running the way we want & even when things are running very much the way we want.

  41. Sumit Sharma says:

    Thakns a lot for sharing it. It is very inspiring!

  42. Pooja, Singapore says:

    Thanks for sharing this, hope this makes some improvement in my faster life

  43. chitra says:

    Thank u very much

  44. umesh says:

    this is a very good article on the importance of the patience.

  45. Citra Gopi DD says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful, inspiring article.

  46. bipin says:

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    All these insights if we are to factor in our daily leadership actions, we've then just arrived there.

    Hare Krishna.

  47. Sumit Sharma says:

    Radhanath Swami has given importance on training here and it's very essential for all of us.

  48. Sumit Sharma says:

    Nectar of Instruction teaches us the importance of patience (Nischayat). A practitioner must imbibe this quality.

  49. N.Swaminathan says:

    The triple P formula should be taken with seriousness – all three are essential components. Thanks to Radhanath Swami and the author for grasping Swamiji's teachings.

  50. Vinay K says:

    It is in-depth and full information regarding the patience…

    I particularly liked the Maharaj's Triple P formula of Patience, Perseverance and Prayer.

    Thank You posting this wonderful article

  51. bipin says:

    All Glories To H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    A very profound review of an important leadership virtue. If every leader practices it to the core the world can be a better lot of people.

    Hare Krishna.

  52. shreeniwas chaudhary says:

    Wonderful topic on patience.Thank you very much Maharaji.

  53. gauri says:

    thankyou for giving us the right solution to this mad race …. by having balance between patience and perseverance

  54. Hareesh P.K. says:

    Thank You posting this wonderful article

  55. shailesh says:

    very very amazing article maharaj…

  56. bhaskar says:

    very useful and apt article indeed

  57. saurabh says:

    Very valuable and important lessons to be learnt. thank you very much

  58. Vidya Patham says:

    Wonderful article! Patience is one of the essential qualities which must be cultivated to advance in spiritual life. Thank you for sharing so many instructive points which will definitely help us when we become impatient.(which is quite often)

  59. anjan says:

    Many thanks to Radhanath swami and his students for the nice article.

  60. Roshan Kumar Hota says:

    Thank you. This article at first challnaged the belief system I always work with. It seems a good suggestion to cultivate patience. I will try it.

  61. surekha says:

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful article about patience.

  62. sureka says:

    Thank you for the wonderful article about patience which is important in our spiritual advancement and giving practical tips to develop patience.

  63. surekha says:

    Thank you for explaining the importance of patience in our spiritual life and for giving the wonderful tips for practicing patience.

  64. gopasana says:

    very nice article indeed and HH Radhanath Swami Maharaj’s perspective over patience and perseverance is the best part.

  65. surekha says:

    Thank you for explaining us patience is the main key point in our spiritual life.

  66. surekha says:

    Thank you for revealing us the importance of patience for advancement in spiritual life.

  67. rekha says:

    Thank you Radhanath swami for telling us the patience is one of the key element in our spiritual progress.

  68. surekha G says:

    Thank you for these kind of articles on leadership under the able guidance of Radhanath swami and this article gives us an idea of how patience helps a lot on both leadership and sprituality.

  69. Manila Mallik says:

    Thanks a lot for this valuable message which plays an important role in everybody life.

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