I’m at that stage in my debt payoff where I’m eager to get to the end. I’ve had a taste of success (50% of the total gone in 6 months!) and now I want the BIG win (100% paid off within the year.)
It makes the time between payments seem excruciatingly long. I make payments once a month. That’s 30 days that I’m tapping my foot and checking the calendar. That’s 30 days that I could be living life and nurturing my dreams…and instead I’m watching the clock. I wake up thinking, “Is it Payment Day yet? Is it Payment Day yet? How many days until Payment Day?”
I so desperately want to see that balance go down that I am obsessing over it – a little bit like an addict. I want a fix, and my drug of choice is debt reduction. Most of the other stuff in my life pales in comparison, which makes me incredibly sad. My only consolation is knowing that this will be over soon (just not soon enough.)
Do you know this feeling? Are you working on a goal that you can’t seem to accomplish fast enough?
Well, I’ve compile five inspiring quotes that calm me down and dampen the impatience at the pace of my progress. I hope they bring you some peace on your journey, too.
You’re Not Alone
“A lot of people get impatient with the pace of change.” – James Levine, American Musician
Do “Debt Payoff Mediation”
“If you’re impatient while waiting for the bus, tell yourself you’re doing ‘Bus waiting meditation.’ If you’re standing in a slow line at the drugstore, you’re doing ‘Waiting in line meditation.’ Just saying these words makes me feel very spiritual and high-minded and wise.” – Gretchen Rubin, Author of The Happiness Project
Debt Payoff is a Grand Challenge & You Are the Kind Who Pursues Such Things
“I think the folks who go after grand challenges are impatient.” – Peter Diamandus, American Businessman
It’s Okay to Be Impatient As Long As You Stay Disciplined (and keep going)
“I’m not patient – and I’m getting more impatient as I get older – but I am disciplined about writing, and I want that on my tombstone: ‘He wasn’t patient, but he was disciplined.'” – Douglas Coupland, Author of Generation X
What’s the Rush?
“Old people are often impatient, but for what?” – Jonathan Carroll, writer of contemporary fiction
What do you do when you feel impatient? Share any tips in the comments below.