3 Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 108)
“Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.”
— Khalil Gibran
Sometimes, it can be very hard to see ourselves making progress. When we can’t really see how we’re moving forward in the midst of all the little, seemingly mundane, tasks we do on a daily basis, we are more likely to give up. But that is quite the thing about progress. True progress is rarely visible at every stage. Real progress is quiet, persistent, and dedicated, but powerful, free, and dangerous. A person who is bent on getting somewhere, will eventually get there.
Here are three signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you’re comfortable moving out of your comfort zone. No one likes to move out of their place of familiarity. But most risks involve adventure and venturing out into the unknown. Previously, you might have been afraid to fail and thus didn’t take many steps forward. However, now that you’ve pushed past some fears and taken many small steps, the world outside your comfort zone is actually a little more interesting. You know that in order to make progress, you have to face your fears and doing so it not as terrifying as it used to be.
2. When you stop trying to please people all the time. It is a huge relief when you realize that pleasing people is impossible. When you stop trying to please everyone, you find more time and energy to do what you believe is right and fulfill your purpose with passion. Some people in life just can’t be pleased. It is a waste of time to try to do so. Fill your life with people who really matter, with people who value your time and place in the world, with people who are also making progress and going somewhere in life.
3. When you start pursuing purpose instead of trivialities. People who pursue purpose have no time for foolish pursuits. They find themselves enjoying life not because it is easy, but because it is worth it. You’ve made changes in your life that enable you to focus on your life’s purpose. You are aware of your gifts and talents and realize your skill set is unique to you to contribute to the world around you and to serve the greater good. Those who pursue purpose look forward to doing something that really matters in life, and they do it with all their heart and soul. Instead of complaining about what isn’t, they focus on what is and create the future they want to see.
“Progress always involves risks. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.”
— Frederick B. Wilcox