You can feel your body growing tense, and you’re getting very angry. You start perspiring, and all of a sudden you yell at the person for putting you behind schedule and not being able to keep up. You can tell she’s offended, but you can’t help it.
Does this frequently happen to you? Losing your temper? Lots of us are annoyed at times. Not being in control of our patience hurts not only us, but people around us. Irritation increases our stress level and can even bring physical ailments to our bodies. Also, being impatient can devastate relationships.
Others often see impatient folks as insensitive, impulsive, and arrogant. They can be viewed as bad decision makers, because they interrupt people and make fast decisions without thinking them through. Some people will even stay away from impatient people, because of their nasty people skills and foul tempers.
People with these personality traits are not likely to be at the top of the list for moving up to leadership positions. Not having any patience can affect relationships on the home front.
The more patient you are with others, the more you are to be thought of confidently by your peers and your managers, not to mention your friends and family.
When you feel yourself losing your patience, it’s vital to get out of this frame of mind ASAP. Try these options:
Take slow, deep breaths, and count up to 10. Doing this aids in slowing your heart rate, unwinding your body, and removing you emotionally from the situation. If you’re feeling very impatient, you might want to do a longer count or repeat it a number of times.
Learn to handle your emotions. Don’t forget that you have a choice in how you react in every situation that comes into your life.