I’ve said before that if you’re not moving forward, you’re sliding backwards. I know it sounds harsh and if you really can’t see the results, does it mean that it’s actually happening?
I’ve thrashed the idea around and for a long time was pretty unsure, but I am sure now. Firstly, down to our molecular level, we are all in a constant state of motion. Nothing, nothing stays stationary and a constant. Secondly, even if you are stationary – in your career or your own personal growth, people are moving around you, growing, learning and developing. Your stationary state is therefore relative. If they’re moving ahead and you’re not, you my dear are sliding backwards.
So between the two, wouldn’t it be better to be moving forward and progressing rather than sliding? This is the difference between someone who picks up that book after a long day at work and someone who chills in front of the telly. This is the difference between someone who is willing to put in the work knowing that he cannot see any results right now but is still committed anyway and someone who lives in the here and now.
We cannot always be ‘on’ like this – it places a huge amount of pressure on us. But we have everything to gain from it. Nothing we do goes wasted. It’s just a case of being patient and waiting for the results sometimes. And taking breaks as well.
For those that want to push ahead to the next level, here are five questions to help you get on the road :-
1. Are you reading anything worthwhile ?
I am not talking fiction. I am talking about a book that will make you think, question, transition and improve. There’s tons of them out there – you just need to look in the right places.
2. Are you signing yourself up for any worthwhile project?
It doesnt need to be a work project, it can be about you. But it’s got to stretch you, make you do the hard yards. You’ve got to have milestones and deliverables and a good timeline for delivery.
3. Have you given of yourself?
Signed up for any worthwhile cause or charitable drive? Have you given freely of yourself, in the way that only you can. It’s not about donating money but donating your time and your expertise to those who need it, whoever they may be. And this person could be sitting next to you.
4. Have you found a mentor?
Get a mentor – this will make all the difference in the world. But you need to be ready to be mentored and you need to be prepared to mentor someone in return. You’ve got to pay it back.
5. Have you evaluated what you are putting off and why?
Do something about it. Come face to face with your fear and deal with it. Let it not sit in the bin anymore. You know what it is – now deal with it. That’s a sign of progress. Your progress.