The Cambridge Dictionary definition of the word progress is as follows:
- Movement to an improved or more developed state, or to a forward position
- Happening or being done now
We often see progress as making strides forward in our endeavours. Whether business or personal achievements, the progress we make is generally based on reaching milestones, hitting targets and smashing goals.
Note how this definition neglects to describe the direction of movement, though.
In fact, it explicitly uses the word ‘or’ to disassociate the direction of movement from the movement toward “an improved or developed state” entirely.
Sometimes, in order for us to make progress, we have to take a step back.
This can mean ending friendships and relationships. It can mean deviating from your current path; the one you spent so long working toward, and it can mean giving far more than you receive.
It’s noble to put the needs of others before our own.
Nobility and loyalty are traits I’m proud to say I can recognise in all of my friends. But you mustn’t let these values discourage you from making progress in your own self-development.
I especially like the second definition, too.
It makes you wonder…
If you’re not doing something about it right now are you even making progress at all?