3 Mini Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 119)
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
— Thomas Jefferson
Knowing how to make progress is never so important as when we’re not making progress. Motivation is built upon being able to feel ourselves making progress. There is nothing bad about that at all. Without this essential feeling, we easily get stuck in ruts and routine. Like the hamster spinning on a wheel, we only go fast but get nowhere. Without the beautiful feeling that we are moving forward in some way, we are liable to give up. What’s the point in trying if we not moving in a forward direction? That feeling of meaning, fulfillment, and significance that we all crave is necessary for living a bad-ass, beautiful life.
Here are three more signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you become self-approving, self-affirming, and self-accepting. You know that it’s a rat race to be in constant search for the approval of other people. Making decisions based on what others think, feel, or like will have you going down rabbit trails. Instead of letting your emotions and self-image become victims to the opinions of others, you’ve learned to approve, affirm, and accept yourself and your goals in life. You think for yourself, analyze every situation, and do what you know is right. You’ve stopped losing sleep over how other people will perceive your actions. You know you and when you’re doing what is right, you need no one’s opinion.
2. When you stop comparing yourself to other people. If you must compare, do so to your former self. Looking up to someone who we admire as our hero is one thing, but comparing one’s self to any one person in an obsessive way, is completely different. You’re realized that dwelling on the possessions and successes of others is actually futile and takes time and energy away from the pursuit of your own goals. Instead of allowing negative emotions such as bitterness, envy, and hate to rise up within you, you’ve decided it’s best to stay in your lane and focus on being better each day.
3. When you become willing to take risks. Life doesn’t come with a blueprint. Goals don’t either. We’re told to dream big but not to told how. The most perfect plan won’t be executed perfectly. You know this and you’re not waiting for certain results to take action. As you go through the daily vicissitudes of life, you’ve realized that you will make mistakes and be forced to change direction when you least expect it. The roadmap doesn’t show every bump in the road. Therefore, you’re willing to take the journey anyway. You put one foot in front of the other, take the risk, and take comfort in knowing that the results become clearer the closer you get to your goals.
“The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.”