I recently heard Dean Lindsay speak on The Progress Challenge. The premise of his talk was about what real progress is and how to achieve it. Dean says that all progress is change, but not all change is progress. Often times people and companies make changes but do not always progress.
In light of my last post about how to make better decisions, I thought this subject would be a good follow up. If you are making an effort to self-improve and make better decisions in your life, it will require both change and progress.
To better understand what that means, we have to understand the difference between change and progress.
Dean Lindsay himself says, "Change is inevitable. Progress is a choice." Webster's definition of change is to make different or alter, and their definition of progress is gradual betterment. You can make physical changes to your situation without bettering it. You can reorganize your company or cut yourself off from a bad habit, but until you start making decisions that lead to new, better pathways, you won't progress.
Oftentimes, the problem with progress is we are too impatient to wait for it. It takes time for the flywheel to start gaining momentum in a different direction. Taking actions towards both your personal and professional goals will help you make progress. It's probably true that you won't make progress without the help of others around you.
In business the help could come in the form of a network and a connection to a good contact. In your personal life help can come through your friends and family or others who act as sounding boards in your life including mentors or counselors.
Good luck progressing towards your goals. You can!