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Why it is Important to Measure Your Progress

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unknown

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

 

You have to measure what you want more of” – Charles Coonradt. Self-improvement takes a lot of hard work. Writing, being productive, managing your finances and improving your social life, all of these
pursuits take a great deal of energy and time. They can also be a little overwhelming and they all need to be measured to ascertain your progress.

Life is not static, it is dynamic. Things are always in motion. Life dictates that we grow and that all growth is from inside. Change is inevitable. The things we used to do five years ago cannot be done today. What was fashionable a few years ago is no longer fashionable now. This therefore, demands that you measure your progress every step of the way, if you have to keep up with life. Many of us have remained behind and are just moving with the wind. They say time waits for no one.

If you want to succeed you need to develop habits that will help you achieve your objectives. Now, I would not consider my self as  successful, but I know that am on the right track and path. Although, I still remain a very much work in progress in many aspects of my life I equally have made great success in some other aspects of which am very happy and proud of. It is very important that we learn how to measure and monitor our progression in life. In doing so we must also bear in mind that we are living our own race and are not in competition with anyone. This is very important.

Many of the times, people end up taking short cuts and find themselves in an wanted situations. It is not good to cut corners in life. One of the people I was privileged to have met and I thank God for bringing him in my life, was an engineer. I met this man for a few years but oh the wisdom he shared with me was very valuable. He became a father like figure to me even though we met on a professional level. The man always used to encourage me to do the right things and never cut corners because life has a way of catching up.

He shared with me his personal life experiences and you could see that even in his advanced age he had nothing to hide. From him I learnt that those who live to enjoy life are those who do the right the things all the time, even when it is not fashionable amongst their peers.

If you have to be successful at what ever you do, it is very important that you learn how to measure your progress. Knowing how to measure ones progress in life is one of the yards sticks of achieving your goals. This however, is not taught in schools. Yet, measuring progress is the norm at school and often times the teacher will give you a test. The purpose of the examination is to gauge the progress of the learners. It even gets worse when you attend tertiary institutions were you cannot proceed to the next semester without passing exams.

I believe that we need to change our educational system to start teaching learners how to be successful and not just for the sake of acquiring knowledge. Success principles must be included as put of our school curriculum. “Success has always been easy to measure. It’s the distance between one’s origins and one’s final achievement” – Michael Korda.

With the demands of life what has helped me greatly is to know how to measure my progress. Measuring my progress has more benefits in helping me be the right track. It helps me to be more efficient on my productivity; am more organised as I keep reviewing my performances regularly; I get more and more organised. Right now I have become a little more efficient on my article writing because I jot down my ideas as they pop up. This efficiency is largely due to reviewing my progress on a regular basis.

If you critically think about it. Your natural inclination is always to improve. How then do you know where you are going without keeping score of your progress? If you were to keep a scoresheet on the five things that would advance your personal and professional objectives the most, imagine how motivated you would be each time the numbers improved in your favour.

Conclusion

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided” – Tony Robbins. Decide where you need to keep score in order to manifest your vision and achieve your goals. Make sure to keep measuring your progress in all the areas of your life.

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It pays to start small

Do not despise the days of your small beginnings” ~ the Bible. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still” ~ Chinese proverb. Some translations of the bible say “humble” beginnings. I am sure that we all want to succeed in all areas of our lives more especially in the financial areas. It is only normal and nature permits it. I believe that all normal human beings have the desire to wanting to do something that will make them excel and succeed in all life’s endevours’. The biggest problem though, is wanting to climb the tree from the top.

We always want to ignore the basics. Many of us do not want to build a solid foundation for our success, be it in business or personal development. We would rather start reaping from what we have not fully sowed. However, what we do not realize is that the ignorance and avoidance of basics is one of the major contributors to our failures.

The building blocks

To succeed at anything we need to have the building blocks put together. In fact we must firstly acquire the building materials and then put together in the right order. Most of us have acquired the building blocks and I can assure you that a good number of us have better building materials than the successful people. The major difference is that we want to jump the gun. We want to start building the house from the roof. Simply put we do not appreciate our small beginnings. I like this Chinese proverb that says “a journey of three thousand miles beginnings with one step”. And for ever every step taken you have covered distance. In this case your building blocks are the steps you are taking.

As an individual I have learnt to appreciate that for anything that I want to succeed at, the small efforts and inputs that I put in are greatly appreciated and treasured. For I know that it is these small small things that give birth to big things. Remember if you are planning to start running your business do not be discouraged at the amount of startup capital you have. Just start and grow with your business. The more you learn how to handle small amounts of money the more you are training yourself to handle large amounts of money. They say “it is the cents that make the dollars”. Put the cents together and you have a dollar. The more cents you put together the more dollars you have.

It’s just like the human body; it’s made up of small cells. These small cells when put together make each and every tissue, organ and finally the whole body is complete. When you focus on the composition and makeup of the human body you will appreciate that all growth comes from within; and you appreciate that small things when put together they add up to something big.

Start small

I know we all want to start big and quickly move in the comfort zone. The reality is that even the biggest corporations of today started small. A lesson learned from starting small is that you grow with the business and develop a discipline for managing it. Nature is such that you will hold dear what you have worked for and have seen grown it from scratch. It is very different to be given a lot of money that you have never handled before in your life, the likely hood of mismanaging the funds are higher than when you have toiled for the same money.

Starting small and ensuring steady growth also gives you a sense of pride and satisfaction. I am not against anyone who start big, my experience has shown that those who grow their businesses from a small scale are more likely to succeed than those who start big. I personally feel more comfortable to start with something I can handle and improve on it as the business grows.

Even in the area of personal development, change will not come like manner from heaven. Change will come through the small everyday efforts that we put in.

Conclusion

In order to succeed we must appreciate the days of our humble beginnings. We also appreciate that all form of living things are made of small components and remember that it is the cents that make the dollars. Learn to cherish those days and thank your creator for them. The days of your small beginnings are your learning curve and building blocks for your success also remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Personal Development Self Growth

Do You Have What It Takes?

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unknown

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

 

Many people are poor because they have accepted poverty. They have failed because they have accepted failure and it is labeled all around them?

Failure or poverty is a state of mind. If I asked you whether you want to succeed most likely the answer would be yes yet, you are doing nothing to change your current situation.

It is this kind of negative mentality that leaves most people stagnant and wallowing in poverty and failure.

I like to define success not by the things or possessions you have but, by the many obstacles you have overcome.

The more hurdles or obstacles you overcome the more stronger and successful you are.

Most successful people are stronger than the average or the below-average people. By strong, I do not necessarily mean physical strength only but also, and more importantly mental strength.

I have not come across a successful person with a weak mental attitude.

Most of them do a lot of reading and keep on accumulating knowledge. They say Knowledge is power (strength) strive to acquire it.

I personally have come to appreciate the knowledge and understanding am getting through reading.

I have become conscious about many things and able to make good judgments and better decisions.

My target this year is to read at least 24 books that is 2 books per month.

This is besides my usual reading of business magazines and newsletters and other literature of my interest.

Through my experience in life and the analysis of some books written by successful people, I have devised a shortlist of characteristics to help assess if you have what it takes to be successful.

Love What You Do

This is perhaps the most important element among other things. If you love and enjoy what you do, it makes things even much easier.

Most of the time I do not perform to the very best of my abilities when something is imposed on me.

If you are working and your primary objective is to just earn a salary, chances are that you do not enjoy your work and are just in it for the money.

You are miserable. I am very aware that we all need money to survive but money should not be the ultimate motivator.

Mind you having a lot of money does not necessarily mean you are successful.

When you love to do what you do, you do it with a passion. When you do something with a passion it shows even in the end product.

Take for example two artists one paints just to earn a living and the other paints with passion.

When the two painters’ paintings are up for sale the quality will be very distinct.

The artist who paints with a passion will be more likely to sell their products at a higher value than the other artist. This is because he will pay more attention to detail and quality.

Believe In Your Self

This is a key factor in motivating yourself. How can you honestly succeed if you cannot even believe yourself to succeed?

I would strongly encourage you to first meditate and condition your mind to believe that you can succeed at achieving your set goals.

The more you believe in yourself the more self-confidence you develop, and the more confidence you have, the more positive results you can achieve.

When you have belief and confidence on your side, you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way.

Remember the journey to success is not an easy one. There is no shortcut. It starts with your mindset.

Master Your plan

You cannot succeed without a plan. This is cardinal. You must formulate a plan and a purpose to achieve.

This must be written down. There is power in putting things down. Be the master of your plan.

Seek divine guidance over your plan. This may require you to meditate and make adjustments as you go along, but ensure that your plan is at the back of your mind. What is your plan?

Do Not Wait to Have a Clear Plan

Start immediately you have a verge plan. Do not wait until you have a clear one.

The more you walk and work through your plan the more clearer and visible the end product becomes.

If you wait for a clear-cut plan you will probably wait forever. The plan will become even more visible and tangible as you remain focused.

Along the way, you will have to make adjustments and amend the course of your plan.

Do not make changes that completely alter your intended purpose unless you are sure of it.

Your Mind is Your Limit

What you think is your limit to achieving your goals. Read my article on The Power of Thought for more insight on what your thinking can do.

Do not limit your mind but control what you think. Your mind is one of your greatest assets.

If you do not like books or rather reading which is unlikely if you have come this far, then success will elude you.

Start acquiring knowledge and understanding, read and read and read and read.

Knowledge is one of the few assets no one can ever take away from you. Acquire vital knowledge and understanding, it is key to your success.

Ability to Handle People

If your intended goal includes handling other people, you must learn and develop the ability to handle them properly.

Human beings can be very difficult to deal with. My intended purpose is not so human intensity but rather help them “Standout Tall and Be Counted“.

Act Successful

Dorothea Brande says “Act as if it were impossible to fail” very true.

Accepting failure is an act, accepting success is also an act. Why not act successful, after all, it makes you feel good and look bright.

I have said to myself that even when I fail at the first attempt I will act successful.

Like I always say, those who failed are those who have tried and those who have succeeded have failed before.

I will always try to succeed in whatever I am doing. It is better to die trying than die without trying.

Conclusion

This has been a long article I hope that you found it useful. You can bookmark it and come back or read it offline.

This is not an exhaustive list but it is my own analysis. You should always have a positive mind and attitude in your quest for personal success. Remember “standout tall and be counted“. Revised on 05/05/2021.

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