rogress. Progress occurs when we are living mindfully, practicing patience, keeping things in perspective, and persevering when life throws you a curveball. When we get wrapped up in always moving forward, not acknowledging where we’ve come from and how much changed has taken place, we tend to rob ourselves of the joy and satisfaction earned along the way! I recently had a conversation about progress and when asked how I would picture what progress looks like this image came to mind.
This picture, to me, represents life. It’s not always going to go according to plan but with patience, perspective and perseverance, you’ll get to where you want to go.
Over the past few months, life continued to present me with a lesson, well, it was yet another opportunity to learn the same lesson I’ve struggled with for quite some time; this wasn’t new by any means. Time and time again, I’ve failed to appreciate the journey and failed to acknowledge my accomplishments; I neglected to maintain perspective. Perspective helps us keep the bigger picture in mind, and this is especially important at times when we are struggling, those times when we are at a dip in the road and the way out seems so steep.
By losing perspective, I looked at every setback, every flare-up as a step backward; since when did progress mean we would only move forward? Well, what I’ve learned is that unless we take that step back or, at least, pause for a moment to reflect on our starting point, we can’t appreciate all the work we’ve done between then and now.
We’ve all heard the saying “anything worthwhile never comes easy” and this is where patience and perseverance come into play.
Patience isn’t something that comes easy for me. I’m serious. If you don’t believe me, ask my husband. I even tattooed “Patience” on me as a constant reminder. When it comes to others, no problem! But when it comes to something I want for myself, for my life…well that’s a whole different story. Without patience, life becomes more and more difficult as we don’t wish to wait for results, for answers, for anything. We become short sighted without patience; we become reactive, and we lose sight of our intentions. Patience is the key to building our endurance. Patience is believing, and trusting that our efforts will pay off in the long run and that our dreams will come true.
Perseverance is what keeps us going. It’s the driving force behind our goals and dreams. Without perseverance, we will never realize our full potential. Perseverance is the fire in your belly, the butterflies you feel when you picture your desired outcome. It’s the fuel that keeps you going when life puts another obstacle in your path, forcing you to change gears, change tactics or even make a whole new plan.
Without patience, perspective and perseverance, there can be no progress and without progress, we are merely spinning our wheels, getting nowhere.