Many people erroneously believe they’re making progress because they’re working hard and busy being busy
. A good way to predict the direction of your life is to measure how much of your time you’re actually using to try to enhance it because if your time is not being spent on making progress, then it’s spent maintaining the status quo.
In most cases, people expend a lot of mental energy wishing, fantasizing, and worrying. None of these are reliable ways to enhance your life of course. So think about what you’ve done today, this week, this year that will take your life to the next level.
Have you been doing progress-enhancing activities or only doing the least to ensure you’re simply existing?
I understand that change is challenging. It really is. Conversely, familiarity is comforting and is usually the state most people live in even if they’re unhappy, miserable, or stuck.
How to get better at making progress
- Working hard isn’t enough. If you’re working hard on the wrong things, you’ll never see any progress. Effort matters, but only if you’re spending your time wisely. If you want to see real change, it’s necessary to spend time doing constructive things above and beyond what is required to live your current life. This is what working smart (not hard) is all about!
- Have you learned anything new lately? Learning new information can help to create positive change, but only if you use the information to your advantage. What are you learning new? New information leads to new understandings.
- Are you spending time with anyone new? Hanging out with the same people all the time is another good way to ensure that nothing changes. New people can change your perspective and introduce you to new ideas.
- Are you doing anything new? The same gym workout repeated over and over again will ensure that you neither gain nor lose ground. The same behaviors deliver the same, reliable results. Likewise, going into the same job and providing the same efforts ensures the same paycheck. Thinking the same thoughts results in the same actions.
- Are you measuring and taking stock of your actions? At the end of each day, ask yourself two questions: 1) If I lived this same day over and over for the next 5 years, what would my finances, health, social life, and relationships look like? and 2) Did I do anything today to take my life to the next level? Journal your responses which could help you spend more time trying to make a difference in your life. The answer to these two questions can predict the future better than you think and things won’t be left to chance.
Over to you…
Most people claim they want a better life, but few are doing anything to make it happen. It’s easier to wish than to face uncertainty.
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.
Chime in the comments and tell me what you’re doing today to make progress in your life.