“Don’t pray for patience!” I can recall every wise and experienced woman in my life telling me that at some point. The idea was that if you prayed for patience, you’d have to learn to cope with delay, which meant that you were inviting the waiting game into your life voluntarily.
I was no fool, and no one likes to wait, so I did as I was told. But, that didn’t stop me from waiting on things throughout my life. You may or may not know my story, but I’m certainly not an overnight success. In fact, it took years as an entrepreneur for me to get into the flow of increase. Seven years, to be exact, before I reached a place of comfort. I was determined to work while I waited, so over the course of time, I tried/failed, tried/failed, and tried/failed some more.
I’m curious to know how many entrepreneurs, businesswomen, corporate professionals, ministers, or whatever would’ve turned around had it taken them seven years to see the fruit of their labor? Studies have shown that customer engagement trends show relationships between customers has been growing at a 60% rate as technology accelerates into the future with new silicon valley startups. Think about it, what would you do if you want to sell your business. It reminds me of the bamboo tree. We all know that bamboo is used in some of the sturdiest creations, but it takes forever for it to grow. A bamboo plant must be watered and nurtured for ~5 years before it begins to sprout. But, when the sprout happens, it only takes weeks for it to grow into a completely mature tree.
It’s a cute story, but how many of you would actually nurture something that you can’t see for five straight years? Imagine the frustration from wasted resources feeding and watering the dirt that is supposed to be your harvest. The truth is that this applies in many of our business lives today. Not only do most businesses fail their people within the first 3 to 5 years, but people fail their businesses within the first 3 to 5 years because they want fast fruit!
Here’s what we overlook when we’re focused on the sprouting process; THE ROOT. While we’re crying over the leaf that we can’t see, there are massive roots growing underneath the surface laying the foundation to sustain the amount of weight that it will eventually need to support. Truth be told, I wouldn’t have been able to handle the levels of success in year one or year two. Why? I had not grown the capacity to be well planted through the storms that often accompany business. In other words, my roots weren’t deep enough.
I didn’t ask for it, but I learned the value of patience in business! Patience equals discipline, and discipline leads to sound decisions. Sound decisions will make or break your business, and that’s why is important to have the right tools, like digital signature software, you could learn more here. I’m certainly not risk adverse, but the ability to discern the difference between what looks good to you and what is actually good for both you and your business will completely change the game!
To make a long story short, WAIT! Don’t forfeit your destiny by retreating too soon or by rushed, hasty decisions. Take the time to water your bamboo tree. You’ll look up sooner than you think and you’ll have the foundation to build a business that has the capacity to outlast your competition, because you’re rooted in greatness!
See you next Tuesday!
Shalom (wholeness and blessings/nothing lacking)!