Karma Series: The Law of Patience and Reward
The Law of Patience and Reward states that the most valuable rewards require persistence. This means that anything worth having in life requires persistence and perseverance. This law is arguably the law that cultivates your character and outlook on life.
How to Master the Law of Patience and Reward
Mindset. Everything in life is related to your mindset. Your mindset plays a critical role in how you cope with life’s challenges and how you embrace life’s opportunities. Any time we set goals for ourselves, we will be met with challenges. These include, discipline, time management, unforeseen circumstances, commitment, and/or positivity. However, the mindset you keep when working toward your goals is essential to moving forward. This is also referred to as Grit- “which is passion and perseverance for long-term and meaningful goals. It is the ability to persist in something you feel passionate about and persevere when you face obstacles." Keeping an open mindset and focus on your goals will give you the energy and momentum you need to accomplish them.
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” - Audrey Hepburn
Failure. The key to success is failure. I know this is counterintuitive and also a major fear for a lot of people. However, failure is not as dramatic as some people make it out to be. Failure is actually just an experiment that did not work. That is what researchers, coders, and kids do all the time. They try something to see if it works and if it does not they just try something else. Why is this important? Failure is important for our growth. We must learn from our failures in order to become better for the next endeavor, keeping in mind all the mistakes we have made in the past so not to repeat them. Failure is also necessary to help us get out of our comfort zone and try a whole new approach toward reaching our goals. Although failure can be painful, it is also an opportunity to be grateful for all the positives in your life. This gives you the foundation and strength you need to propel yourself forward.
“Your comeback is always greater than your setback” - Anonymous
Gratitude. Hard work cultivates our gratitude. Through daily perseverance and focus you will inevitably become more self-aware. You will realize your strengths and weaknesses and learn to rely more on what you have to support you. For example, anyone starting a business knows how difficult it can be. The amount of effort required is high and the rewards are often really low - at least in the beginning. However, gratitude for the ability to follow your dreams, support from your loved ones, and the opportunity to take a chance on yourself is pretty major. Gratitude, especially for your support network is crucial to your mindset because you learn to appreciate all that you have, value your time, and make better decisions knowing there are higher stakes.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
Environment. Surround yourself with positive, successful, and inspiring people. The company you keep will greatly determine the quality of your life as well as the amount of success you will achieve. One of the main reasons to keep a healthy environment when working toward your goals is due to healthy competition. Being in an environment of achievement will reinforce your work ethic and hold you accountable to your goals. Also, what you witness is what you expect. Therefore, if you are surrounded by successful people you will witness their accomplishments and begin to expect the same. You will also put yourself in the right mindset to be able to learn from their experiences.
“You are an average of the five people you spend most of your time with.” - Jim Rohn
It’s true what they say, anything worth having is going to require hard work. It is also through that hard work that you will develop an appreciation for what you’ve achieved along with the confidence to pursue future larger goals.
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