How to Make Progress

Maybe you’ve made a bit of progress toward your goals, but want to make more. Sometimes it’s frustrating when you’ve had a bit of success because you’ve proven to yourself that you can do it, but you still aren’t making the progress you’d like to.

Everyone who’s accomplished anything was right where you are. They had taken a few small steps, seen a few successes, and they were successful because they kept going.

Here’s how to continue to make progress after you’ve taken those few small steps.

1. Recognize what you’ve already accomplished.
You’ve probably already done something that many people haven’t done. Maybe it was a sport, some non-profit work, or an achievement in your career. What have you already done that most other people haven’t?

Here’s where most folks get tripped up. They look at what they’ve accomplished and say, “Well, that’s not as much as so-and-so.” Usually “so-and-so” is someone who’s accomplished something major in the area you want to make progress. Forget about so-and-so. The important thing here is to focus on what you have already done. If you were sitting in a crowded restaurant, what could you say that you have you done that most people haven’t?

Think about it in those terms, rather than comparing yourself to extremely successful people and believing that you are worthless until you’ve accomplished something at an extreme level.

2. Figure out how you did that.
How did you do it? There were probably other people around you doing the same thing, trying to accomplish the same goal, but you succeeded at a greater level than them.

What did you do differently? How did you tackle the situation differently than everyone else? Did you work harder? Did you study it more? Did you leverage a unique talent or ability that only you have?

This isn’t an easy question to answer. You’ve probably never taken the time to decipher what makes you successful at the things you’ve accomplished.

You want to accomplish something big and you don’t have time to do it any way but as efficiently as possible. And that means leveraging your unique talents and attributes in the greatest way possible.

3. Apply them.
Whatever you identified as the attributes that made you successful in the past are the things you must apply to your current endeavor. Figure out how you can make the best possible use of them. This is how you will be successful.

If you aren’t using the things that make you unique, you’re just a commodity. You don’t want to be a commodity, you want to be hugely successful.

So figure out what’s worked for you in the past and us it to get you there now.

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This article was originally published on the Huffington Post

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