Dreaming about making progress is obviously not enough. Planning and taking action...required!

Making progress is foundational to self-development. Even small progress produced daily over time can add up to some surprisingly large results. That being the case, why do so many people make little to no progress over time - their life stagnates. These are the people you hear saying "Same old, same old" when asked how things are going. Don't let that be you. Resolve to make continuous progress.

Here's a quote to take to heart: “Strive for progress, not perfection.” -- Anonymous. Too many people let expectations of perfection hold them back from taking action. And many times, it has such a grip on them they take NO action. Huge mistake.

Context: Thinking about your dreams can feel so good. With some imagination, you can see it in your mind and it seems so real you can hear, touch and feel it as if it was the real thing. The problem is it's not real.

The dream itself and the achievement of the dream are entirely different. And, for some people, having imagined the perfect outcome, they compare their result against perfection. So, don't do that. Know there are going to obstacles, even mistakes. Not to think so is naive.

First, get some progress and momentum going. And that means doing the mundane  and unspectacular, but necessary actions. You have to be okay with that.

Marie Forleo uses a saying to help her get started, "Start before you are ready."  Sounds strange, doesn't it? Yes. And, it will probably be awkward. And also,  you'll probably make mistakes, but at least you have begun.

It's been said that just the act of "Making Progress" leads to happiness. Keep that in mind as you begin. You are looking for progress, not perfection. If you make that your mantra, you will be amazed at how much more you will get done. You will reach the goals you set for yourself and you will accomplish a lot more in your life.

Know this though: To actually make progress takes work. And sometimes it takes a lot of work. You can't kid yourself here. But it's worth it. The end result will be a happier life.

Making progress on your dreams.
Bring them to reality.

Let's get down to work.

  1. What specifically do you need to make progress on?
  2. Break your goal into many small, easy-to-do steps.
  3. Before beginning each day, go over these steps to embed them into your subconscious.
  4. Before you take the first step, say to yourself, "My goal is to make progress. What I am about to do does not require perfection. Making progress is what matters."
  5. Now, take the first small step. Only focus on that first step. Use The 5 Second Rule if necessary.
  6. After the first step, you guessed it, ask yourself what the next small, easy to do step is.
  7. Take the next step focusing only on that step.
  8. Do the same for each step going forward. Again, only focusing on the step you are on.
  9. If it is a skill you are developing, then day in and day out, practice. Then practice some more. Do it again. Remember that repetition is the mother of skill.
  10. Before going to bed at night, visualize yourself taking the next step the following day.
  11. You might want to use the APP "Don't Break The Chain" for consistency. You need to measure your growth.
  12. Have you mastered the skill enough to move on to the next item you want to make progress on? No. Work harder, practice more. If it was good enough for Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, it's good enough for you.
  13. Done? Celebrate.

So there you have it. Not really difficult. But know that as it says in The Slight Edge Philosophy, "What's easy to do, is also easy not to do." Most people give up too soon. You have to ask yourself, how bad do I want to achieve this dream? What are my benefits when I do succeed?

Just focus on each step along the way and you will find yourself making progress on your dream. You will be happier. And, if you want to see the possibilities of following this process read the article - The Daffodil Principle.

David Goggins (many people believe he is the toughest man on the planet) believes that most people are achieving no more than 40% of their potential. Are you one of those people? If so, isn't it time to change. Making your mantra, "I strive for progress, not perfection." Watch your momentum take you places you love and lead you to a happier life.

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