Patience? How To Be Successful Online

By Dawn Damico

Have you ever wondered what was better: Patience or Persistence?

First, let's find out what persistence means: "Persistence" is the "firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition..."

For a business owner, "Persistence" can be worn like a badge of honor. This idea builds upon the ideal of the rugged explorer who sets out to prove to everyone that the world is round. But, true explorer are few and far between. And...we all know that the world is round, right?

However, another great mind, Napoleon Hill, also talked about persistence...but a little differently. He said, "The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail..."

However, the danger lies in embracing that persistence at the expense of listening to the signals around you why something may not be working.

So what does that mean?

Look at that definition of Persistence again. "...the firm or obstinate continuance..." What do you think of a person who is "obstinate?" The words associated with someone who is obstinate are: stubborn, bullheaded; inflexible, unyielding and perverse. Think about that for a minute.

Not exactly words that would describe a person who is supposed to be a entrepreneur, right?

Where will persistence get you if you fail to see the bigger picture?

After all, I'm sure that there were plenty of folks who were obstinate about the future success of the automobile, desperately clinging to the manufacture and sale of buggy whips. Where will persistence get you if you fail to see the bigger picture?

Is there a better way? Is there a way not so cluttered with ego?

Now...were you paying attention to what I just said? I didn't say that giving up was the only way. I simply said that by taking the time to listen to your gut and the soft (and sometimes loud) clues all around you, then you may find an even better, easier, and faster way to accomplish what you want and sometimes even more.

What do you need to do this? Patience

That is the "capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset..."

Every time you are able to experience patience, you sort of move into a "Zen" rhythm for doing business. Is patience the same as being passive?

Moving toward success in your business with Patience allows you to go into a "zen" rhythm. Is patience the same as being passive?

In fact, being patient as you build your business takes an enormous amount of confidence and faith...and power. You have to know beyond all doubt that your product and your service are needed by the market.

It may take longer than you originally hoped; the path you take to get to your goal may not be what you originally mapped out; but because you are patient, confident, and have the ability to be flexible in your approach and adjust your sails as different and better opportunities present themselves, you can become successful.

Trust me...I have some experience with this. That confidence you need can be tough to hang onto. Especially when "life" pulls the rug out from under you.

I've been there!

But even when that happens; even when you don't know when (or if) you'll reach your desired result; if you go through the steps of the process with patience and an openness, you will not only enjoy the journey, but get the most value from the challenges you face.

Ask yourself: If you knew that you couldn't fail; that your success was inevitable...what would you do right now?

Would you focus more on the core business or busy work? Would you embrace the tools and training you needed to get to the next level? Would you create that product, write that book, or reach out and call those potential clients that showed some interest in your services?

There are always a thousand reasons why we "can't" do something; reasons why it won't work. Rarely is it really about external factors.

Be patient...with yourself and with your business.

Set your goals; form good habits to get to those goals, and enjoy every step along your journey!

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