3 Whole Signs You’re Moving Forward (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 125)
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
— Henry Ford
Have you ever gotten the feeling that you’re treading water? You’re expending a lot of effort just to keep the regular things going but you’re not making much progress toward an intentional goal. I think this feeling describes reality for many of us quite accurately, maybe not every day, but at least periodically. To be really fulfilled and satisfied, you have to make intentional effort to grow. Growth can feel like treading water sometimes, but it isn’t. When you’re growing, no matter what experience you’re going through, it is an opportunity for your to make progress in some way.
Here are three more signs you’re moving forward in life even if you don’t feel it:
1. When you see failure as part of growth. To you, failure is no longer failure, it’s a second chance to get it all right. Your attitude of accepting failure has enabled you to use your skills and creativity to push through barriers, overcome obstacles, and solve problems. Every setback turns into a setup for reaching your goals and achieving your dreams. You no longer let mistakes get to your heart to the point where you quit. Your choice to view failure as a part of your growth is a major part of the journey of making progress.
2. When you remember people who matter. Despite how busy we may become, people who make progress always take time to remember those who have helped them get to where they are. You’ve realized that no matter how many things or people are vying for your time and attention, life quickly gets boring and lonely without love, conversation, and friendship. Instead of hurrying to the next big thing, you intentionally make time to hang out with those who took their time to teach you, guide you, show you, and develop you into the person you are today.
3. When you confront issues before they get out of hand. A big part of moving forward is being able to confront problems as soon as they arise. Many people don’t like conflict and try to avoid it at any cost. But that’s not you because it only causes problems to get bigger. While you may be tempted to neglect things that are difficult to deal with, nonetheless, you choose to tackle them anyway. You know that the worst almost always comes before the best. So you no longer put off problems until a later time and instead choose to handle things head-on.
“For at the end of the day, what matters is never the wine, it’s always the moment; it’s always the people.”
— Olivier Magny