An old Chinese proverb says that if you wait by the river long enough, you’ll see the bodies of your enemies floating by.
Meaning with enough patience, you can conquer all enemies.
On the other hand, Keynes, a famous economist, said that on a long enough timeline, we’re all dead.
Meaning if you need to wait longer than a normal life span for something to happen, you might never see it.
Waiting patiently is fine if you are the Grand Canyon.
It’s been there forever, and it will be there forever.
From the Grand Canyon’s perspective, the time in which us silly humans came to look at it is really only a small blip over the course of its life.
Of course, this is just a metaphor, as canyons don’t really have a perspective.
They just sit there while the relentless trickle of water consistently wears down billions of tons of rock.
Patience is important to humans, but only under the right context.
Often times we pretend we are “waiting” when in reality we are just too afraid to act.
We even give ourselves things we are waiting FOR.
I’ll wait until I lose a few pounds until I start dating again.
I’ll wait until my next raise before I start to learn about investing.
I’ll wait until summer before I start my exercise program.
Of course, most people are very patient with how well they convince themselves they are being patient.
The real secret is that making big changes is a BAD idea.
It’s much easier to make very, very TINY changes.
And do them consistently.
Just like a relentless trickle of water can build a huge canyon, with small daily exercise, you can build some MASSIVE changes.
Ideally, you can start with thinking exercises.
Since you can do them while just sitting there.
If you learn a few NLP procedures, and practice them daily, pretty soon you’ll have a much more RESOURCEFUL outlook.
You’ll slowly whittle down fears, and slowly build up confidence.
Just a little bit a day is all you need.