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Nov 04

Progress as Motivation: You Can Always Do Better!

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How do you use progress to motivate yourself?

 

“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”

― Abraham Lincoln

The Value of Progress

I’ve been blogging for more that two years and I’ve got to say, it’s been a hell of a ride!  It was a cold February night and I was contemplating on whether or not to push through with starting a blog.  I was afraid that I might not be able to sustain my enthusiasm and that this might just be a temporary excitement and that three months after, I might lose interest just like I did for the other ventures I went in to.

It took me some time to hit on the purchase button in all honesty.  I was going back and forth because I knew myself.  I’ve never stood up for any of the previous projects I set out for myself.  As soon as I hit a bump, I’m definitely going to quit and I’ve accepted that fact about myself.  I once invested almost a thousand dollars in network marketing only to quit less than a year after because I could’t make a sale but there was something different with blogging.

There’s a different kind of motivation when it came to blogging.  I did write back in highschool for the school organ and though I loved doing it (I won inter-school competitions even), I can’t really say that I was passionate about it. What was pushing me though was the knowledge I can share and help people with.  I was telling myself, “I’ve got to do this so my experience in life and personal development can help other people”.  I must do this because I believe that I can bring so much value into people’s lives that not doing it will be a big injustice to me and the people I can help so with that, and my eyes closed, I pushed the purchase button and the rest is history.

It was never easy maintaining a blog.  I would always check my stats on a daily basis and for the first year, got very disappointed.  I was only getting 10 page views per day and it was frustrating.  I had to learn to incorporate more techniques in getting my blog out there and you know, the frustration actually helped.  It made me more creative and resourceful and persistent in getting more eyes to read my blog and though it was difficult at times, I’ve seen progress over time and I am very happy about it.

The blog is seen by more people now but I’m not done friends.  Everyday is a learning experience and everyday is an opportunity to grow.  Progress motivates me to work harder and so should you.

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Progress proves you can

If there was any doubt in your mind whether you can or cannot do something, progress is the most reliable proof you can lean on.  You may have doubted whether or not you can keep your business alive or whether you can fulfill your career goals in the beginning but all you have to do is look back and see where you are today.

Does your business still exist?  Has your income increased compared to when you started?  Have you been promoted to the position you have been dreaming to arrive at?

Progress is all the validation you need to finally convince yourself that you can and that you have outdone yourself.

 

Slow progress is still progress

Sometimes our impatience is our biggest enemy.  We seem to think that everything can easily be achieved and that things will always work out the way you expect it to but we all know that it’s completely the opposite right?

No matter how prepared and determined we are, there will always be bumps and bruises along the way that may hinder our progress causing it to slow down or even stop for a period of time.  The desired results may not come at the time you were expecting them to but if you stay on course and just continue to keep your eye on the prize, you’ll get there.

Don’t feel bad if progress is slow.  The important thing to consider is that there is still progress.  Small wins still count!

My page views started at a humble 10 views per day and as time went by, it became 25, 50, 100 and now above 100 per day.  If I was impatient, I would have already given up but I’m not gonna let all my hardwork go to waste.  I just look at the past figures and wonder, how did I get it up from ten to more than a hundred per day?

That’s motivation my friend!

 

Progress makes you crave for more

Do you ever wonder why the rich become richer?

The simple answer to that question is because they refuse to get satisfied.  If they earn a million dollars from a business venture, they aim to earn twice or even thrice the next time.  If a business becomes successful, they open another one.  They don’t just relax and stop pushing.  They get more excited to push harder and this is the kind of attitude that sets them apart.  They don’t stop because they’ve met the goal of reaching a million dollars.  Instead, they aim for a billion the next time.

Progress gives us the excitement to conquer bigger goals because we’ve proven ourselves capable when we met the first one.  It keeps us going instead of remaining complacent.  It gives us the enthusiasm to achieve milestone after milestone without getting tired or losing interest.

Your business may not be where you want it to be.  Your career may not be at the point you expected it to be at this point in time but it’s never too late.  Look back at the small wins and the progress you’ve made and assess how far you have gone. Let it be your motivation!

 

Over to You

Are you seeing progress in a current project or goal?  How do you use progress to motivate yourself?

I would love to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment below.

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Noel Rosos

About Noel Rosos

Noel is a husband, father, author, performance coach and self-proclaimed FAILUROLOGIST who helps business owners and struggling individuals convert their failures into opportunities through inspiring blog posts, life-changing books and exceptional one-on-one coaching sessions

2 comments

  1. Amar kumar

    Hey Noel,

    I found a couple of studies that found that improvements in well-being, satisfaction and happiness can come from making progress towards our personal goals. The caveat here is that our goals need to be in line with our inner needs and motives. If we’ve committed to a goal for external reasons such as pleasing our boss or our parents, we won’t see the same emotional improvements when we make progress.

    I think we can take this as general guidance when it comes to setting goals even if we don’t set goals specifically to achieve those emotional improvements, we can still try to focus on the goals that we’re motivated to achieve intrinsically, rather than what we think others expect of us. Eventually, thanks for reveling a light on this wonderful topic.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    1. Noel Rosos
      Noel Rosos

      Absolutely agree Amar. Progress towards our goals definitely improves our well-being and gives us satisfaction and happiness so much so that we continue to seek improvement and target bigger goals because we know we can.

      Appreciate your comments as always.

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