Do You Need to Own Your Progress?
Someone who I caught up with on the weekend was telling me how inspired and jealous she was of what I had done in a particular area of my life this year, and saying how badly she was doing.
I acknowledged and thanked her for her admiration. It is a big achievement, and I am incredibly proud of it. I’m grateful for the work I put into it and the amazing outcome that happened because of it. It certainly wasn’t a smooth path along the way.
I also pointed out that she had achieved something that was actually even more impressive than what I had achieved. Yes, she doesn’t have the same result as me, yet, but had actually made more progress than I had in this area. I was so impressed and inspired by her!
Often we can be so focused on the end goal or where other people are at, that we lose sight of how far we have come on our own path. By doing this we dismiss the amazing progress we have made and we miss out on the best part …. the journey.
While we think the end goal is going to bring us all the joy and happiness in the world. It won’t.
In watching ourselves navigate and overcome the challenges. In seeing ourselves in a different way as we do things, we never thought we could possibly do. In the gratitude we feel as we take the steps towards our achievement. With the happiness we feel as we look back and see just how far we have come.
Yes, that’s where the joy and fulfilment come from.
If we don’t enjoy the journey, then the end goal is often filled with a flatness that we can’t explain. It can be a total anti-climax. We then chase the next goal, only to find the same feeling appears.
So remember when you are trying to achieve the big and small things in your life. Pause regularly and reflect on where you have come from, what you have done and what you have overcome.
Give yourself some much deserved credit for how amazing you are and own the progress you have made.