I wrote my first picture book! I was super excited and I knew in my heart it would only be a matter of months before I found the right publisher and children everywhere would be reading my important story.
But weeks turned into months and months turned into years. Today, I am still working on my picture books and waiting to find a literary agent to publish my work.
It would be easy to give up. It would be easy to feel like The Universe is against me. It would be easy to let this throw me off my dream of teaching mindfulness to children and their parents.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret though ... I am not beaten down by this seemingly misfortune and here is why - Patience!
Patience is the ability to accept or tolerate delay. Here are my tips for cultivating patience. Use them to keep yourself on track -
1. Be In the Now - Stay present in the goals you are achieving today. Instead of letting the mind spin with fear of the what might not work out, look for what IS working today!
2. Pause and Breathe - When you start to worry about your future goals not coming to fruition, stop and take a deep breath. It is scientifically proven that the breath can put your body into a state of calm and bring you back to the NOW.
3. Look For The Good - When I wanted to get that book published I had a dream of being an author, but because I didn't get published right away, I was forced to think outside the box. I started my own business to gain a platform, I went on to get further certifications and I started doing contractual work for companies like Expedia to teach mindfulness. I never dreamed I could have my own business and that came from the seeming rejection of the book deal I dreamed of. We don't know what will happen. There are infinite possibilities, so dream big but know that what you are meant to accomplish might be even BIGGER!
4. Notice You Mood: Can You Change It? If you are in fear about things not working out or feeling irritated with those around you, ask yourself if you can change your mood? Sometimes holding a space of awareness is enough to shift your thoughts from negative to positive. A failed business proposal may mean some extra time with your family. A difficult friendship with a co-worker might be a chance to make some new friends in the office. Shifting our perception is empowering.
5. Practice Nonresistance - Acceptance doesn't mean that you have to like something, but can you accept what is for this moment? I didn't like that my book wasn't getting published as quickly as I had thought it would, but I was able to accept that and grow from that experience. Resisting what is can be painful and drain you of valuable energy that you could be using to create new ideas.
Check out this new great resource- Patience the Podcast. Hear how other entrepreneurs and industry leaders are cultivating patience in their lives.