It used to take months to develop a website. My coders would spend hundreds of hours on a project. Today, that same project can be done in just 2 days.
I believe our own proclivity to impatience is why I can now do websites on my own, not even needing a developer. It’s the consumer’s desire to have things done YESTERDAY that pushed me to come out with a product called Launch in 2 Days. As the name implies, I can get my clients brands up and running in just 2 days.
The idea of waiting sounds drawn out and like a very boring process. If we really think about it in this ever moving and evolving culture, waiting is a thing of the past. Technology has put us on the cutting edge of optimization that we don’t even have to go physically to see clients; it can be conducted over a computer screen or we can have office supplies delivered to our doorsteps by using an app thereby cutting out a visit to Office Depot down the street. We don’t even need employees to show up to work, and still, things get done faster.
I am not against technology, optimization, and strategies that make our client’s lives easier; my concern is the inability to wait on anything thereby breeding impatience, frustrations, and anxiety.
One area I notice a lot of my own impatience and anger evident while using my phone and computer. If the phone takes 5 seconds longer than it should, or if the computer freezes for 3 seconds, I get totally flustered and want to exchange it all for faster equipment.
Patience is a virtue that our God majors in, there is no one more patient than Him, and we see that trait flowing all through the pages of His word. I’m sure God would love to come and bless our businesses and give us all of our heart’s entrepreneurial desires, but His love keeps us from getting everything right now because it would stop the growth and transformation process.
The famous English preacher Charles Spurgeon says “If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord’s people have always been a waiting people”.
While we may not like to wait, patience is a fruit of the Spirit and should be exercised in the business of every Godpreneur.
We are all entrepreneurs in waiting, every day we have to wait for the prospect to make a decision, for the client to make the final payment, for the contractor to finish his work, or wait for the computer to reboot. It doesn’t matter our age, color, height, or weight we are all entrepreneurs in waiting, but how we choose to view the waiting process will eventually determine the kind of day, week, month, year, and business we will have.
The bible says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
How about you? Do you like to wait? What is your patience level? Which area of your business are you struggling with being patient?
Every so often it is important that you stop and take stock of your business speed and direction because sometimes you can go off the track too fast and don’t even recognize it.
The process of waiting in business can be our friend or it can be our foe, it can be positive or negative, it can be exciting or it can be nerve-racking; ultimately the choice is yours.
Imagine if we Godpreneurs all made the choice to view the waiting process as a “God Thing” which will eventually turn into a “Good Thing”.