The Dos and Don'ts of Progress

How do we keep progress (or lack of) in perspective?


I've had a very frustrating week in terms of some of my goals - splits and handstands (this may sound impossible to you, in which case keep reading below). I could just give up, because I'm just not making progress.


However, in order for us to bring our goals into reality, it's really important we have a healthy perspective on progress. These are my top dos and don'ts:


1. Do celebrate the wins

You are on a journey and if you don't celebrate until the end of it (when will that be?) it's easy to lose motivation. It's also easy to gloss over how far you've come, or tell yourself the small wins are not important. They are. Don't belittle them. You need to celebrate each small win as it happens, daily, weekly and monthly. Sometimes setting a specific reward for a specific goal might help.


2. Don't celebrate too much

Don't let your celebration of the small wins, distract, interrupt or even hinder your progress towards your big goal. For example, don't reward yourself for a week of healthy eating with a tray full of donuts! Pick a way to celebrate that's in line with the achievement and your end goals.


3. Do refine impossible.

If you've set yourself a goal that you really want to a achieve, don't tell yourself it's impossible. A great quote was shared with me this week 'the sh*t you tell yourself steals your dreams’. No one ever got anywhere by telling themselves 'it's no good, I can't do it.’ You're already anticipating 'failure’ (see below) which gives you the perfect opt out clause, every single time.


4. Do refine failure.

If you've set yourself a goal that you really want to a achieve, don't tell yourself it's impossible. A great quote was shared with me this week 'the sh*t you tell yourself steals your dreams’. No one ever got anywhere by telling themselves 'it's no good, I can't do it.’ You're already anticipating 'failure’ (see below) which gives you the perfect opt out clause, every single time.


5. Do be consistent through the challenges.

Trust the process. It's a journey. It's a journey. It's a journey. If you know the right steps to take, keep taking them. Even if on some days you've lost sight of the destination, it feels like you're going nowhere or what you're doing isn't working. Give it some time, and the 'destination’ will suddenly peek it's head up again.


6. Don't keep it to yourself.

Tell other people and it will help keep you accountable, and they'll help celebrate your progress too. Find other people on the same journey and find out what has worked for them, it might help you too.


7. Don't procrastinate

Don't wait until you've got it all worked out, and you're completely ready and prepared for it. That day won't come. Just do it. And the steps will work themselves out as you go. You'll find progress comes faster than you think.


Anyone tried these tips or have any others to add? What are you making progress in? Share and celebrate your (small or big) wins below.

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