12 October 2018

Entrepreneur Lawrence Jones MBE - business habits, progress, motivation

If you’re on the right path, keep walking!

There’s nothing more frustrating than putting your all into a project and not seeing any progress or results.

All too often, we set goals and keep chipping away to reach them – day after day, night after night – without seeing just how far we’ve come. Not seeing that progress inevitably becomes the single most demotivating factor in your life.

So, how do you continue on the path to achieving your goals? How do you lift your spirits to keep going on that journey?

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” Barack Obama

For me, it comes down to creating smaller goals along the way. Celebrating these milestones as I go is much like ticking jobs off a to-do list. It’s an achievement, rather than constantly striving and waiting to tick off that one big achievement at the end.

Ultimately, it all comes down to tracking your progress; however you choose to do it, whatever that goal may be.

Imagine you’re training for a marathon. You don’t track your training run distances or times, you just keep pounding the streets, rain or shine. How far will you get, and how much more likely are you to quit when the going gets tough with this approach? In reality, when training for a marathon you would typically set the goal of reaching a 5k, then a 10k, then a half marathon, then 20 miles and so on.

How can you give up on your goal of running a marathon when you know that you can already do 20 miles? It would be harder to give up at that point than to keep training! You have the clear steps that you need to reach to train for that 26.3 mile challenge. Once you reach these distances, it’s a step closer to that massive goal. These points keep you on track, motivated and passionate.

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