Wow today the temperature here in sunny Felixstowe is -1.0, yes I know that’s not very low compared to our friends in the States who have been experiencing the Vortex weather system recently, but I’m building decking today in my main business for a client and I need to feel my fingers 🙂
Anyway, I was on Facebook yesterday, reading many of the comments and the discussions going on. A few of you were talking about how to stay motivated when you aren’t seeing any progress.
But when it comes to progress, you and I both know it often doesn’t happen overnight. And even though you know it, you always get frustrated or angry when you don’t see some immediate change or end result. Because it really is easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to give up and go back to the old habits. Easy to settle for the same old, same old.
So let me ask you this… if I told you it would take a year to accomplish all you set out to do and completely change your life for the better, would it be WORTH it? What if it took two years? Would that be worth it to you?
For me, the most discouraging part of witnessing another’s journey to success is they often don’t see how far they have progressed. You might not be everything you want to be tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean you’re the same person you were yesterday. Even if you are 1% better in some aspect of your life… isn’t that worth it to you?
A lot of the time it isn’t that you have made no progress, it’s that you’re using the wrong measuring stick to track your progress. Instead of looking at failed endeavors or where you aren’t seeing results – look where there ARE results. I promise, if you’re looking for where you’ve failed, you’ll see it consistently. You need to drop that mindset!
Instead think more of “Alright, I did XYZ better today than I did yesterday.” I call those your shoots.
When you plant a seed, be that an idea, an investment, new business… etc. That seed needs to be watered and cared for. It doesn’t become a stalk of corn overnight. But after only a few days the evidence you will see is a tiny shoot. Biologically, it isn’t a seed anymore. It’s a growing, living, thing.
You could choose to be discouraged by the fact it isn’t a crop yet and leave your shoot to dry out and die. Or you can celebrate it, nurture it. As you begin your path to whatever destination you choose for your life, take your focus off of where you have failed before. Start tracking your progress by how FAR you’ve come. The easiest way to beat discouragement is to celebrate progress.
What shoots are you starting to see already? Tell me! And don’t forget to Share and Like today’s message, because sometimes we’re our own worst critic.
I pray that today you continue to develop and grow your ideas and let those shoots flourish.
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