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How to Have Patience

Patience is the ability to tolerate delay, adversity, and provocation calmly and without complaint. It can be achieved with some help.


  • Step 1: Understand triggers Understand what triggers impatience in you. When you feel impatient, notice what happens just before you lose it.
  • Step 2: Counteract triggers Counteract your triggers with something calming such as counting to 10 or walking away.
  • Step 3: Visualize Visualize how you will act the next time you feel impatient. Practice what you will do and say.
  • Step 4: Set goals Set reasonable goals for yourself. Be patient for one hour and then, eventually, for longer periods of time.
  • TIP: Regular exercise can help you release tension and maintain equilibrium.
  • Step 5: Practice breathing Practice deep breathing so you can calm yourself at any time. Take a deep breath, hold it, and then exhale slowly.
  • Step 6: Slow down Slow down and don’t expect things to happen immediately.
  • FACT: Did you know? The saying "All good things come to those who wait" comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, "The Student’s Tale."

You Will Need

  • Awareness
  • Goals
  • Practice
  • Exercise (optional)

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