In our fast food age, we like to microwave our lunches, get drive through coffee, and get high speed internet on demand. In fact society is moving at a much more frenzied pace than it did even 100 years ago, it makes you think what happened?
I think the short answer would be technology. Technology certainly has improved many aspects of our lives, but then again, we must ask, "Has it really?" I mean, think about it, what have we really sacrificed, in order to enjoy the modern conveniences that technology affords us?
Sometimes in life we think, " I gotta get things done quickly" with the impression that if we do things quickly and efficiently as possible we can have more time to do other things. That may be true to some degree, But let me ask you something. Have you ever encountered a problem that required a long time to solve?
Being able to solve problems over a long period of time is essential to succeeding in business. Once you have original concept created, then the challenge is coming up with a plan to launch that idea into the marketplace. That can take some serious time, to map out all the angles, and come up with specific solutions.
In our age of iPhones and TV on demand, it seems we have forgotten about the virtue of patience, and the slow cooker. Now the slow cooker is a great way to make a meal. You place your ingredients into the cooker, set it and forget it. 6 to 8 hours later you have a tasty meal.
For some "the slow cooker" approach is too time consuming, but then again how much time will it take to realize a desire or project if you try to short cut the act process? The truth is there are no shortcuts. If you try to take shortcuts, you end up with crappy results. The solution? Slow cooking! ( it's a great metaphor.)
So how much time might it takes to build a solid team in order to tackle of ambitious project? Are you willing to take the time and invest relationally in others in order to determine who are the right people to bring on board? Are you willing to take the time to "plow the field" and "sow the seeds" of your unique and creative vision?
Then after you have have planted those seeds, will you tarry over that same soil, and water it until those seeds sprout?
Whatever your vision may be, it may take considerable time on "slow heat" till that next development or opportunity arises for the advancement and realization of your goals. So what do you do give up? No! Often times we want instant results, without much effort on our part, but truth is, everything is a process.
So what is my advice? Be patient, and submit to the process of becoming. It takes time to develop your thinking and your skills, or develop maturity in a new arena. Remember you can't rush the process, but if you submit patiently and stay consistent in those day to day operations, over time you will grow and mature in character, and that will always produce hope!
So slow down, stay the course, and embrace the process!