January 16, 2014
Nourish The Sprouts Of Your Progress
I was on Facebook yesterday, reading many of the comments and the discussions going on. A few were talking about how to stay motivated when you aren’t seeing any progress. […]
I was on Facebook yesterday, reading many of the comments and the discussions going on. A few 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?
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The truth is, you’re human. Which means you probably have made a few mistakes in your life. I hate to tell you this… it’s likely you’re going to make a lot more in the years to come! Wouldn’t it be great if you could use those mistakes to propel your success instead of constantly allowing them to bog you down?
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 sprouts.
When you plant a seed, be that an idea, an investment… 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 sprout. 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 sprout 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 sprouts 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.
This Sunday night is The Dani Johnson Show at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. Grab your pen and notebook and meet us then. Together we can make major progress this year.
In great faith,
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