3 Extra Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 111)
“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”
— Victor Kiam
Everyone needs a pencil and eraser in life. I’m not really talking about literally, of course, but I do mean figuratively. A lot of life is about making decisions. Making those decisions determine how far we go in life. Sometimes are decisions are good and other times they are not so good. When we mess up or totally blow it, we need that eraser to correct it in some way. When we take the stuff out of our lives that is hindering us from reaching our full potential, we open the doors of time, space, energy, vision, and meaning to do what we were really made to do. When we focus in on making good decisions, we are beginning to move forward in life.
Here are three more signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you stop getting caught up in the opinions of others. Someone once said that one of the biggest prisons is living in fear of what other people think. When you stop doing this, you open your life up to experience so many more opportunities. You’ve known what it feels like to take risks, and it feels so good. You realize that it is okay to listen to other people but not to the neglect of the voice in your own head and heart. Because of this, you have discovered who you really are and content to fully be that person. At the same time, you also know that people are entitled to their opinions about everything including you and your work. But that doesn’t bother you because you are too busy impressing yourself instead of them.
2. When you start focusing on what is good and right. You do not need ideal situations or a perfect environment to move forward. But you know that and you choose to embrace the attitude that anything is possible. If it’s not possible, you can make it so. What you see in the world and in other people is often what you are looking for. Your preconceived ideas create your perspective of reality. You’ve chosen not to stay stuck in regrets, worries, should-haves and could-bes, and ifs. Instead, you’ve chosen to face your fears, take on challenges, overcome obstacles, and live your best, happiest, freest life right now.
3. When you give up making excuses. Because you have found out that the best excuses are really polished lies. Excuses are meaningless and add no value or benefit to your life at all. You’ve chosen to replace just thinking and talking with goal-setting and focus. You’ve even taken it a bit further and inserted intentional, productive action to reach those goals. You know that no one else can live your life for you or do everything for you. Therefore, you’ve chosen to actually move forward by eliminating excuses and ceasing to blame others for what goes wrong in your life. You’ve realized that the path between where you are and where you want to go can only be traveled by you.
“If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling back.”
— Sam Waterston