3 Simple Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 117)
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
You’re a fighter. You’re trying to get somewhere and maybe you feel like you in the same place you were in a year ago. That’s okay. That feeling is common to all of us. Progress rarely happens fast. It almost never appears in a straight, visible line. It’s more like little bits of paper torn up and scattered all over the house by your toddler. It’s a mess. But when you look at it all, it leads somewhere. Even if it’s to a pile of toys or a squished banana. Just like progress. If you’re making progress, even if it’s just a little, you will get somewhere.
Here are three more signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you let go of the need to always be right. There are some people in this world who are frazzled to the point of believing everything they say and do are right. That false belief often leads them to resort to name calling, yelling, and being overbearing. You’ve realized this probably from engaging in past heated arguments. But now you no longer feel the need to always be right or win the argument. Instead, you are content to kick your ego over the cliff in lieu of proving a point.
2. When you take time to celebrate even small achievements. Hard work is meant to be rewarded. Many times, we look externally for this reward, from people and promotions. But you’ve realized that every little accomplishment is a reason for celebration, not always by other people, but by you. Taking time to reflect on how far we’ve come when we hit a certain milestone can give us new perspective. It can also serve as a motivation to move forward to the next big win. It’s similar to the game of football. Every field goal, every extra point, and every touchdown is celebrated.
3. When we focus on what is instead of what could or should be. Life rarely is the way we think it should be. People come and go. Plans change. Things get messy. Situations seem woefully unfair. But you’ve learned to accept things just as they are, instead of the way they could be or should be. The choice to accept reality keeps us from being stuck in a perpetual state of disappointment and frustration. When we think about the way things are, we realize we are in more control of changing those things. We make better decisions, display better attitudes, and take on a perspective that leads to goals being achieved and dreams being realized.
“You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.”
— Denis Waitley