You fail to decide what you want out of life, and in turn you fail to define your goals.
If you don’t know what you want, how can you do something every day which propels you in the right direction?
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It's when you fill your time doing things, and things which aren’t inherently bad (such as cleaning your place), but those crucial couple to-do’s you had, like writing your novel and researching the investment opportunity, fell flat.
On a daily basis, do something, no matter how small, which has you walking toward your vision of life. In other words, your goals.
The kind of patience that leads to success is not the same as waiting. Waiting has no benefits. Investing time doesn't do anything on its own.
The kind of patience needed for success is an active, self-doubting kind of patience. It's putting in enormous amounts of work, reviewing the work, questioning if it was the right work, then making adjustments and trying again.
Getting in an auto-pilot mode with your daily life makes everything move fast, and life becomes too much of a routine. We think we are busy and don't have time but that's not true. We do have the time if the work is our priority, provided we know what is important to do.
Most of our time is spent doing what we have decided to spend it on, so we have to choose our priorities wisely.