Who doesn’t want progress? It is the feedback that we need to sustain our drive toward success. However the success is defined (more on that later).
While everyone wants progress, not everyone knows how to measure it. Does it count if time ticks by? Is it the amount of salary increase or bonus one brings home? What constitutes a progress exactly?
Well, the answer lies in two components that are needed to achieve progress – a goal and a plan.
The goal (or outcome, success by any other names) is necessary for the progress to be measured against. And the more clear or vivid the goal the better. If it is the salary increase you are looking for, how much? Have a figure will help. If you have a hard time defining your goal, read about others’ successes and borrow ideas from them.
Once you have a clearly defined outcome, how are you going to get there? You need a plan. A breakdown of the necessary steps that will take you from where you are to where you want to be. This is your plan. It should be realistic in matching your circumstances and yet flexible enough so it is achievable.
There will be time when the progress is not forthcoming, according to your plan. Don’t give up. You have the options to change the plan or the goal. In either cases, you are in control of your destiny.
Dr. Fizhugh Dodson, the famed child rearing expert, said, “without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”
Are you progressing the way you have planned? What is missing? How are you going to get there? What needs to change?