3 Plain Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 122)
“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.”
— Vince Lombardi
You can’t always see progress. It may seem that you are working as hard and as fast as you can, but with little results. It is important to understand that progress often takes a while to catch up with all your work. But it will catch up at some time. As long as you keep working and getting better and doing your very best, your work will turn into progress and eventual success. If it feels like time has stopped, know that it hasn’t. So long as you are making progress the time you spend does not matter. Someone once said, “When things don’t happen right away just remember, it takes 6 months to build a Rolls-Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota.”
Here are three more signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you smile regularly and easily. A person’s happiness is in doubt if he or she never shows it. Smiling makes you feel better and makes other people feel valued and appreciated. You’ve learned that the right attitude can brighten your day and influence others who may feel down. You’ve learned to make smiling a habit. You smile easily when meeting people, even strangers you pass throughout the course of your day. You send emails and answer phone calls with a smile in your voice. People are happy when they are around you because your smile and spirit of positivity is contagious.
2. When you learn to build confidence in yourself. Confidence isn’t something we’re born with; it’s a skill that we develop. Like anything else, it takes practice. You’ve realized that when you feel confident, you are also calm, easily approachable, unafraid of meeting people and working in groups, willing to assist others, and comfortable in who you are and what you are able to accomplish. You are aware of your strengths and weaknesses. You learn from your mistakes. You take criticism and praise in equal measure. You have a positive outlook on life and have learned to look for the good in other people. You’ve grown to be assertive without being arrogant, and it shows in everything you do and in how you treat others.
3. When you accept your imperfections as charms of beauty. A lot of stress is erased from our lives when we cease striving for perfection. You know this and so you’ve learned to improve where you can, but to accept yourself just the way you are. You take your flaws and failures with all your good points and realize that it makes you who you are. Instead of beating yourself up, you know that a better person always emerges from the lessons our mistakes teach us. Mistakes are ground zero for growth. Instead of letting your faults pull you back, they propel you forward.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
— Helen Keller