Most of us like to see progress right away. So, when we take baby steps and can’t detect advancement, we abandon our efforts, thinking that we’ve failed. The truth is, measuring progress is often like watching grass grow. While it’s difficult to detect movement on a daily basis, it’s simple to see growth over time.
9 Ways to Make Never-Ending Progress
- Multiply your success — or failure. The law of compounding can turn a small sum into a fortune. Albert Einstein said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it…he who doesn’t…pays it.” The same is true of your small steps.
- Get better every day. School shouldn’t be the end of the learning process. Personal excellence requires a strong desire and disciplined learning on a continual basis. One day, someone may ask how you became such an expert in an area. You’ll probably say that you acquired the knowledge and experience little by little over the years. Remember, progress makes perfect.
- Nag, Nag, Nag. You never know when you’re teaching your kids a life lesson. It could be a comment during a ball game or the way that you personally reacted to a situation. The best way to instill proper values is to promote them, on a continual basis, and reinforce your words with your actions.
- Create good habits. One way to correct a bad habit is to take small steps rather than make a bold move. Small steps are realistic and require less willpower. Short-term wins will motivate you to continue on your journey.
- Get a lifestyle. Some people want good health as long as it doesn’t require them to abandon bad habits. Instead, they resort to quick-fix remedies that require minimal personal sacrifice. The truth is, you can’t live an unhealthy lifestyle and expect a healthy outcome.
- Address larger-than-life problems. Do you get overwhelmed by large challenges? If that sounds familiar, break big problems into small, manageable pieces. Each piece may seem small, but the combination of these pieces will yield big results.
- Make downtime uptime. How often do you find yourself waiting fifteen minutes for others? Most people believe nothing meaningful can be accomplished during that time. The fact is, you can be very productive by completing small, related tasks that, when combined, complete a large undertaking.
- Waste not, want not. Some people think that cutting small items in a budget isn’t worthy of their effort. The truth is, many small cuts can make a huge difference.
- Win back trust. Some people think trust can be repaired overnight. The fact is, trying to swing for the fence may only compound the problem. The best way to repair an indiscretion is to be deliberate, consistent, and most of all, worthy.
Are You Making Progress?
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