Baby Steps of Progress: External and Internal Gifts


 “Always Be Progressing You must never stand still. You’re either moving upward a little bit or you’re going the other way. You can’t expect to go upward too quickly, but you can sure go down very quickly. The slide down happens in a hurry. Progress comes slowly but steadily if you are patient and prepare diligently. Every member of every UCLA basketball team who ever played and practiced with us will tell you that one of my most common expressions was “Move, move, move!” I meant it both physically and mentally. “ – John Wooden, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Achievement or success could be described as climb: getting up takes a long time and getting down can happen in a heartbeat. Therefore it’s not really the speed of progress that matters as much as the fact that progress is happening. Do something for your dream, goal or project every day. Take baby steps towards it.

We humans have it in our nature to expect the change to be huge in the beginning and yet underestimate the speed of change in the long run.

If we take the effort, to do what we can, we are well off.

“You always win when you make the full effort to do the best of which you’re capable.”

Taking effort to challenge oneself is virtuous cycle because we get stronger, we constantly seek to challenge ourselves and we put all our effort into it. This develops into something beautiful and useful.  Although our efforts may bring many external gifts, and rewards, while those may be taken away, the internal gifts will never be taken away.

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