Godin's post this morning prompts me to realize that the long range plan is the panacea for impatience. Impatience wants response immediately whereas the long range plan is willing to wait.
What is your long range plan?
What do you want to achieve, and how do you plan to achieve that?
Nelson Mandela had a long range plan--a big idea. He was forced to be patient as he endured 27 years in jail. As I understand his story, the patience enabled him to grow deeper with empathy and forgiveness for his oppressors, and probably stronger with his vision and quest to achieve his dream.
Long range plans take confidence, vision, and trust--a willingness and ability to understand that with care, steady effort, and learning your work will result in the light you see, the dream you hold, and the change you want.
Step-by-step with understanding, care, and revision the long range plan replaces impatience with confident direction. Thanks for the inspiration Seth Godin.