At my job, we break the work year into quarters. During the time we call “quarter break” (the week right before the new quarter is about to start) my coworkers and I feel as if we are about to lose our minds with the amount of work that is given to us. Our workload doubles and sometimes even triples from what it normally is, so it is a very overwhelming time in my department. It is as if you are in quicksand, falling deeper into it all and slowly trying to pull yourself back up to the top while being bombarded with more elements being thrown at you to keep you falling further in. It is in the little moments that when we find ourselves overwhelmed with the workload that we use little triumphs to push ourselves through. That is when you have to take a moment, breathe, look back at where you started and say, “Progress”.
I know that it might sound easier said than done, but it really does make all the difference. When you just take that brief moment to look at the progress that you have made towards reaching that final destination and see that your work is paying off. It doesn’t matter that it might be taking you a lot longer than you thought it would, you are slowly making your way there. It is the constant reminder of where you started versus where you are now that will keep things in perspective for you. Whether it be accomplishing a major personal goal or just a little thing to get you through the day, when you take a moment to break things into little sessions of progress, it makes it seem like a whole lot easier to reach the end.
It is also about focusing on your own journey and not noticing those around you. It doesn’t matter if your friend was faster at it or if your neighbor went a different path to reach the end, all that matters is how you are doing to accomplish that goal. Everyone is different, so that means that everyone’s journey is going to be different as well. It might seem as though it will come easier to other people, but sometimes it isn’t as rewarding. The challenges are what make us appreciate things more when they finally work out our way. The main thing that you should be focused on is how you are feeling and the progress that you are making. This is the one time you should be slightly selfish because this is all about you.
Unfortunately, good things don’t happen overnight. It is all about the development it took to get there and all of the hard work that has been put into it. Avoid focusing on what everyone else is doing and instead, choose to focus on yourself and where you are in life right now in the moment. When you remain focused on the journey and the progress that you are making, it will make the world of a difference when it comes to completing your goals. Just remember to take a step back, breathe, and say “Progress”.
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