Patience is often extolled as a virtue, with most people being told to have more patience regularly throughout their lives, be it while they are standing in line at the store or waiting to hear back about a job application. Typically, being impatient is seen as a bad trait, but it doesn’t always have to be.
At times, a lack of patience can propel you forward, allowing you to persevere through challenges and reach new heights. And, when it comes to a job search, that can be ideal, as long as it is harnessed properly. To help you see the difference, here are some situations where being impatient is helpful, and others where it isn’t.
You’re Expecting Unrealistic or Immediate Results
While having lofty goals isn’t inherently a bad thing, being overly focused on a big result, and expecting it to occur right away, can blind you to smaller successes in your life. A substantial goal takes time to reach, often requiring multiple attempts, so expecting everything to come together immediately might not be realistic, and can harm your mindset if the outcome isn’t what you’d hoped.
It Helps You Be Proactive
Sometimes, impatience helps us spring into action, encouraging us to move forward and facilitate the achievement of various goals. When a lack of patience leads you to get more involved, jump into a new project, obtain additional training, or to submit a job application for a better opportunity, it is actually functioning as a source of motivation and drive, and that can be a great thing. As long as you concentrate on what you can do to help you achieve the next step, and not on what others can do for you, your impatience can give you the ability to make significant strides forward.
While looking forward to the time when you will get promoted isn’t usually a problem, it can be if your impatience is premature. For example, unless it was negotiated when you accepted a particular job, you probably won’t be promoted in just six months. Similarly, making a leap from an entry-level role to a spot at the C-level isn’t likely to happen either.
Yes, there are a (very) few people who made large strides in a short time, but that certainly isn’t the norm. And expecting it to happen to you can lead to frustration if it doesn’t materialize, which can harm your well-being and on the job performance. While being ambitious is great, it’s wise not to expect anything until you are actually ready. That way, you won’t foster a constant sense of disappointment without just cause.
When Things Should be Happening
On the flipside, if you know that a promotion or similar opportunity should have come available already, your impatience may help you spur important conversations that have already taken place. Generally, professionals take a somewhat passive role in this arena, especially if they were assured that, once they were ready, it would happen. But, if it doesn’t, and you can clearly demonstrate you have the capabilities, using that feeling to help you take the next step could be just the source of motivation you need.
While impatience can be seen as a negative, if it gives you the push you need to take control of your career, it can actually be a positive. If you are ready to find a new position, the professionals at CPS Recruitment can connect you with exceptional opportunities throughout the area. Contact us today to see how our services can help turn your impatience into progress.