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High Power vs. Low Power Individuals

Let’s all admit (no matter how patient you are), waiting for something you want in life can be mentally taxing, even excruciating at times. It may be comforting to know that everyone in their life has had to practice “the wait” at one time or another. Research suggests that it is how one waits that determines if they are a “low power” or “high power” individual. What does that statement mean? In essence, low-power individuals are aversely affected by wait time and gain validation externally and often seek approval from high power individuals. Conversely, high-power individuals feel they are in control of a situation, even when they have to wait and are more focused on the expected desired outcome rather than the actual wait time. They are not intimidated or scared by “the wait,” they are instead excited about their future reward.

Research shows that patient people have higher levels of competency and autonomy – both of which leads to greater well-being aka “the good life.”

Are you willing to delay instant gratification with a heart of patience and expectance OR do you want to accept the reward of now?

3 Ways to Become a High-Power Individual

Practice Patience

Patience is defined as “the propensity to wait calmly in the face of frustration, adversity, or suffering”. Developing and applying patience to the inevitable “wait” will help one to avoid making impulsive decisions in order to escape waiting. The goal is to achieve the “good life,” right?

Increase Gratitude

Focus less on what you lack and place more attention on areas that currently bring you pleasure and happiness. Visualize your expected outcome so that your wait becomes a source of inspiration versus torture.

Don’t Run

Stop trying to escape the process. The fear and dread of having to wait increases stress levels as well as impulsive and destructive decision-making. Embracing the journey is equally important to working toward your goal. Understanding and applying the power of delayed gratification leads to long-term internal happiness and fulfillment versus external validation.

*Research source: May and Monga, 2014

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