What You Need To Know About Making Progress
You ready for a little tough love? You might think that you’ll never make any progress, but you’re wrong.
Everyone has the capacity to make positive changes in their life — you just have to be willing to do the work. There are lots of ways to go about making progress, and we’ll get into those in a moment. But before we do, let’s get one thing straight: progress isn’t perfectionism. That means that you shouldn’t let the fact that you can’t be perfect stop you from improving yourself and your life!
Don’t let perfectionism stand in the way of progress.
Perfectionism is the enemy of progress. It’s a way of thinking that can hold you back and make you feel like you’re not good enough, or worthy.
Perfectionists tend to be focused on imaginary standards, both for themselves and for others. They think things must be done perfectly in order to be worthwhile, but in reality this does more harm than good: perfectionism causes people to spend too much time agonizing over small details instead of moving forward with their lives; it prevents them from finishing projects (or starting them); it leads to stress and anxiety; it makes life harder than it needs to be.
Progress can be more visible than you think.
You don’t have to be an expert to see progress.
The way you feel about your life, and the people in it, can change over time. You may have thought of something as a problem once but now realize it isn’t worth worrying about or even remembering. If you find yourself feeling better about something than before, you are making progress!
You don’t need to make drastic changes. Making small changes is okay, too.
Have you ever tried to make a change in your life and failed? I know I have. It’s so discouraging when that happens, isn’t it? You feel like all hope is lost. You start thinking, “Maybe this isn’t for me.”
But here’s the thing: if you’re trying to improve something about yourself or your life — whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking alcohol, making more money — it doesn’t have to be some huge overhaul or total transformation of everything about who you are. Sometimes small changes can be just as effective as big ones! Here are some reasons why small changes may be better for you:
Smaller changes are easier to make. If something seems overwhelming or daunting at first glance, then chances are good that it’ll be too much work and ultimately not worth doing unless there’s some kind of reward tied into the end goal (which there often isn’t). If a new behavior feels manageable in comparison with another option — even if they both require effort — then it will likely become more sustainable over time because there won’t be any resistance from within yourself during its implementation phase.* Smaller changes last longer than big ones because they don’t create such an emotional response.* Smaller changes can become habits through repetition more easily than large-scale transformations do.* Smaller steps toward positive change sometimes yield bigger results than those achieved through drastic measures alone; therefore leading one down an easier path toward progress rather than struggle against obstacles along the way.* Smaller steps toward positive change allow us enough room within ourselves
You don’t have to change everything at the same time.
You might be aware of this already, but it’s worth saying again: you can make small changes. And you can make big changes. Either way, you don’t have to change everything at once. There is no shame in starting small and working your way up as you go along; indeed, this is often preferable for many reasons. For example:
- Smaller steps allow for better evaluation of whether or not something is helpful or harmful (and if it needs changing).
- Small steps require less motivation from outside sources and are thus more sustainable over the long term; they also allow for more creativity in how one approaches the change itself, which leads us into our next point..
If you’re making any kind of progress at all, that’s great!
Progress doesn’t just mean big changes. It can also mean small and sustainable ones. Progress is about taking steps toward what you want in your life, not just about getting there as fast as possible.
You might think that if someone has made big strides in their life — say, by losing a ton of weight or getting a promotion at work — they would be happier than someone who hasn’t made much progress at all. But the truth is that how much happiness we feel depends less on how far we’ve come and more on how far we have left to go (and whether or not we believe there’s an end point in sight).
Some people will be resistant to your changes and might not support them, even though it’s ultimately what’s best for you.
It’s important to remember that some people are resistant to change and may not like your changes, even though they’re ultimately beneficial for you. If you’ve been going through a challenging time recently, it’s likely that someone close to you will also be going through a difficult time as well. When we are stressed or upset, our brains don’t function at their best; this means that people who care about us can sometimes get frustrated with our behavior during these times (even if they don’t mean their reactions).
It’s also possible that the person in question doesn’t understand why your changes are necessary; maybe they think those changes will interfere with an aspect of your life that they value significantly, such as work or family life. This can lead them to disapprove of whatever steps have been taken thus far, even though those steps may actually help everyone involved succeed over time.
Don’t worry about this! The most important thing is for you to know what works best for yourself and go from there — if anyone tries telling you otherwise before doing so themselves, just ignore them completely.
You don’t have to do this alone! Reach out and talk with someone who can encourage you or help you figure out what steps to take next.
If you’re in school, it might be worth talking with a teacher or counselor. If you’re working, talk with your supervisor about what you need from them in order for your progress towards a given goal to happen in the workplace. If there are people at work who seem like they would support that goal, ask them if they’d be willing to spend some time helping out on projects related to it (or just getting advice).
Family members are another good resource — they may not know much about work/life balance but they probably know how best not only to motivate us but also how we like being motivated by others. And friends? Friends can always be counted on when we’re having trouble making progress on something big!
There are ways to make progress without being perfect, even if it takes a little longer.
You cannot do everything at once. If you try, you will be overwhelmed and frustrated. This is true in your professional life, too. If you’re aiming to improve every aspect of your business at once, then it will take forever — and probably not produce the results you want.
You need to focus on one thing at a time so that when you do make a change or add something new, it has the potential to work well together with what else is already there in your business model.
It’s okay if mistakes happen along the way; they are part of learning how things work best for YOU! Take time out when needed — step back from whatever task has caused frustration or anxiety so that later on down the road when returning from break/retreat mode feels more productive than before starting everything over again because nothing got finished during those times where nothing was happening really fast enough.
In final conclusion
Don’t let these tips scare you off from making changes in your life. Even if you’re not yet where you want to be, every step counts. And remember that there are plenty of people who can encourage you and help you figure out what steps to take next.