How To Make Progress in Life
There’s an anonymous saying that the only time you should look back is to see how far you have come.
Sometimes when we are having a bit of difficulty in life or a disappointment, or a delay seeing our plans come to fruition, we might be tempted look back and think that life was so much better in the past before we decided to take this path.
Or even worse, we might look back and think of all the times that we did not succeed.
I hold up my hand. I’ve been there.
Let’s approach that from a different direction. Let’s look back with gratitude on all good things that we did in the past that led us to this point.
If we do that, I’m pretty sure that we will see evidence of progress. Maybe we haven’t quite reached our desired goal, but we have learnt a lot along the way. We know more the correct action to take to move ahead.
It just takes a conscious shift in our mentality to look at what good points have occurred in our journey, rather than dwelling on how many times we fell. Think about all the times we got back up.
Did we take courses along the way to learn our craft, or read books, or speak to other professionals? That’s new knowledge that we have now that we didn’t have before.
When your mind, your feelings are scraping the bottom of the barrel, look up, look at the writing on the sides of that barrel. That’s your history. That’s your journey. That’s your progress no matter how small. Use those memories to climb back up those walls and move on.
Oprah Winfrey said “be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never ever have enough.”
If you keep looking back to verify that you’re a failure, you end up staying there. Look back at your successes to see and reaffirm how far you have come, and take that confidence to move on, and enjoy your life!
It’s so easy to look back and make ourselves sad or disappointed in our current situation. Do you have any tips to share on how you pull yourself out of that hole?
How do you turn it around and look at how far you have come, instead of how far you have to go?
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