Confused: Making Progress or Not?
A dilemma that we generally fall into! What could we do to be confident of what we are doing? Confusion that leaves us incomplete in our life!
Confused: Making Progress or Not?
I have come across many people who come and say: I am working so hard but I do not think I am making progress? Some say: I have been working 3 years now on this and I am not too sure if I am on the path to achieving it. I do not see any movement?
Many people erroneously believe they’re making progress because they’re working hard only to find out that they have been just there where they started off.
Did you know
“working hard is not enough?”
I am not saying efforts does not matter. It surely does, and if you are working hard on the wrong things- Would you see any Progress??? So if you want to see a progress it is necessary to spend time doing constructive things which are above and beyond what is required to live your current life.
Keep asking yourself
“Have you learned anything new lately?”
If you stop learning you are getting into a rut, a vicious situation that does not allow you to move ahead. Most of us end up watching the same TV shows, the games, the same movies the same news etc. and this helps you maintaining the status quo. Learning new information leads to new understandings. New Understanding leads to new beginnings. New Beginnings leads you closer to your goals.
Similarly another question you need to ask yourself:
“Are you spending time with anyone new?”
The way you learn newer things, it is important for you to meet new people. New people can change your perspective and introduce you to new ideas. These ideas can get you closer to your final goals. It will help you progress. Hanging out with the same people each day is another good way to ensure that nothing changes.“Are you doing anything new?”
A question that requires you to look back and reflect- Is it not? Going into the same job and providing the same efforts ensures the same paycheck. Thinking the same thoughts results in the same actions. The same gym workout repeated over and over again will ensure that you neither gain nor lose ground.
So what new things did you do today?
It is important to seek this answer and journal it. At the end of the day the best way you can ask if you have been making progress or not is by asking these question: What new things did I do today? If I lived this same day over and over for the next 10 years/20 years/30 years, what would my finances, health, social life, and relationships look like? Did I do anything today to take my life to the next level, or did I ensure that nothing will change in the future?
Do you have goals?
Finally and most importantly do you have a goals? If you have goals, do you have measures in place to check your progress? It is important for you to understand that goals are nothing more than desired changes. If you have goals and you’re making progress, you can expect to see progress in your life.
The most common mistake we all commit in setting goals is that it is not at all specific. Most of us want to have a better life, more money, better car etc. and end up working hard to accomplish better and more .Result we end up wishing, fantasizing, and worrying.
What have you done this week that will take your life to the next level?
This question makes you think of the measurement that you need to set if you want to make progress.
Change is challenging, because there’s uncertainty. Most people naturally gravitate toward the familiar even if they’re miserable. If you can become comfortable with the prospect of change, progress is easy.
Are you brave enough to create the change that is required?
If you’re working hard but failing to gain any ground, spend some time each day doing something that will give you the chance to accomplish something new in the future. The more time you spend this way, the more progress you’ll make toward the life you desire.
A good way to predict the direction of your life is to measure how much of your time you’re actually trying to enhance it.