Life is all about making progress–whether it be in our relationships, our job, our personal goals, or our struggles. Truly making progress takes work. It takes commitment, patience, endurance, and self-love. Progress takes acceptance. Acceptance of where we are now, and the understanding of what it will take to be where we eventually want to be.
Progress must be spurred by motivation. The motivation can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Both with an importance of their own. Motivation can withstand or deplete over time, depending on the subjective importance of the end goal.
Progress is not linear. It does not come without obstacles. There are setbacks, difficulties, and unexpected impediments. When presented with a difficulty, our minds change, and we go into doubt and denial. Is the struggle for progress worth the effort? Is the progress even necessary after all? How much do I really want what I’m striving for? Progress takes patience. The patience to endure backward steps, and the willingness to take more forward ones.
Progress cannot come without change. Change is a necessary element of progress.
Progress is painful. We gain strength by the lessons we learn along the way. We gain new knowledge of ourselves: our values, capabilities, resilience, and persistence. We gain self-respect. For the hardship we’ve willingly allowed ourselves to endure, in the name of achieving progress.
And once we’ve finally made the progress we’ve been arduously working towards, we feel pride. We feel deep pleasure from our hard-earned achievements, and gratitude for our ability to do so at this place in time.
Progress doesn’t come painless & nothing good comes easy. Life is a challenge, and challenges are meant for accepting. I accept the challenges that life presents me with. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…right?