Yesterday’s “Progress Report” post got me to thinking about personal progress that millions of people strive for each day. Each of us have individual dreams and goals. We plan for our and our families’ comfort and safety. Some of us have career or entrepreneurial milestones to achieve. Educational progress is on the map for countless individuals. Perhaps spiritual or philosophical understanding is desired.
We head out on our paths and continue to advance and run into roadblocks. We tweak our original strategy from time to time in order to maximize our progress. When plans, preparation, enthusiasm, and outside conditions align, we move along with confidence and ease. When we hit a bump in the road, we take a detour along a path we never before considered, but brings us fresh insights and motivation.
There are times when we struggle to continue along the way. There might be second-guessing and worry about whether or not our plans will come to fruition or if even the plans were wisely chosen. Were we realistic or could we have been more visionary? We conduct our risk assessment and allow for unexpected difficulties. We strategize to avoid and minimize unseen risks.
This year, during the pandemic, our efforts may have come to a halt. There is much uncertainty and puzzling obstacles about the economy and political instability. We discover both our interdependence upon one another and how much we can do ourselves as individuals. We pledge to allow for major disruptions as we reassess our strategies.
We may desire expansion and growth. We may also have plans in place to accomplish goals but plan to remain in the comfort zone and play it safe. We believe that we can spread our wings and take flight over our obstacles and land in Utopia at a later, more convenient time. Such pie-in-the-sky thinking only serves procrastination in the end. Some daydreaming helps to boost morale while on the path, but it is not a substitute for actual effort.
We know we have the potential to accomplish our dreams, but it all comes down to action. What is holding us back? Why do some of us close ourselves off from opportunities and limit our potential? When we find ourselves mired in a rut, it’s good to remember the old, famous Chinese saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Have you taken that first step or are you many steps along the way? Take a moment or two to feel gratitude for your progress. Then continue along the path.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes actor, producer, writer, Glen Powell. “The basic premise of math is about efficiency. And when you’ve got racism, sexism, and bigotry, that’s just standing in the way of efficiency in our own progress.”