Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Slow Progress and Instantaneous Results

I am very hard on myself.  I get these really great ideas and they appear complete and beautiful into my brain.  I sooooo want to be like Samantha of Bewitched and have them come to life right then and there.  And why shouldn't my ideas come to fruition whole and complete, instantaneously?

This attitude that I have for instant gratification is cute . . . but detrimental to me.  Because I can get so frustrated with "process" of making a dream come true that I just tend to quit in the middle of projects or not begin the process of making my dreams come true at all.  

Again, I must learn the hard way that . . .guess what? Slow progress is STILL PROGRESS!

Being hard on yourself, being frustrated with life because it constantly gets in the way of your dreams, wanting instant gratification,  is just plain stupid.  Yeah you heard me, it's stupid.  Slow progress means that you are still going in the direction that you'd like, which is the true goal

Stop for a minute.  Listen to what I'm saying, don't just read it quickly.  Listen.  The true goal in life is not getting what you want, not getting what you think will make you happy.  The true goal in life is having the freedom to go in the direction that you'd like, to work toward your goal, to enjoy the journey, the process of obtaining your goal.  It's the journey stupid!

Now, you can go back to reading quickly.

Bigger and faster can be seductive, but here is what you get out of slow progress.

1.  When we go slower we can act in integrity (true to yourself).  Basically, we can do things the way that you want to do it, the way that gives you the most joy and happiness.  In essence, it allows you to achieve your goals and sleep easy at night.

2.  You can actually think while you progress.  You can actually ask questions and actually learn. You can (wait for it) enjoy the journey to success, rather than finding the road to success exhausting.

3.  Progressing slowly will allow you to adapt to unexpected obstacles and find good solutions to those challenges, much more easily.

4.  (So important I will repeat) It's God's way of letting you "enjoy the view" and appreciate and value the journey which is an added gift. How wonderful is it to enjoy all the wonderful things during the journey and enjoy the wonderful gift of having your ultimate goal.

This post is dedicated to all the people like me who get frustrated because life gets in the way and makes our progression move at a snail's pace.  It'll be alright.  Keep going. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

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  1. I can so relate to this post! I'm impatient also. But, as my brother pointed out to me (and I posted a blog about it), you can't have progression without regression.

    As long as we keep plugging away and learn all we can in order to perfect our craft and get our names out there, we're on the path to success.

  2. Thank you Shauna, it really helps to know that I'm not the only one struggling with this.


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