One thing I live by, we cannot change our circumstances, until we first change ourselves. Often, we confuse movement for progress. They are two very different things. First, let's examine the definition of movement. Movement is an act of changing physical location or position. Life is about movement. The question is, what are you moving towards? If you don't have an idea of where you are going, there really is no need to move because you aren't truly making any changes. You could relocate to an entirely different city, but if you continue to have the same mindset, what have you really accomplished? As I stated above, in order to change, we must first change ourselves and that means: learning from our mistakes, finding ways to grow into the person we desire to become, and cleanse ourselves of any stagnation that we've allowed to enter our lives.
Now, let's examine the meaning of stagnation. Stagnation is not flowing, advancing or developing. How do we know if we are stagnant? It's easy. We are still doing the same things we've always been doing, yet insanely expecting different results. We are still clubbing, blaming others for our mistakes and the issues in our lives, allowing fear to rule our thoughts or continuing in the same habits. Stagnation can be caused by behaviors, thoughts, surroundings, people, situations and even emotions. All of these things can contribute to us remaining in the same place as we always have been. Hanging on to old things, refusing to change, and having dreams but no plan of action will leave us resentful and upset when others achieve their goals and we remain as we always have been.
Lastly, what is progress? Progress is movement forward or the process of improving or developing something over a period of time. Progress is a gradual betterment of ourselves and the lives of those who rely on us. No one said it would be easy, but it is most definitely worth it. Progress can be obtained by first setting goals, making a plan, then acting on that plan. In order for change to occur, there has to be a definite change in our mindset and obviously a ton of hard work. While striving to reach our goals, we must accept criticism, stay strong in the face of adversity, and make wise choices. Standing on the plan you make and adjusting as need be will also get you where you want to go. Once you have your eyes on the prize, don't look back.
Make your plan, stick to it, and continue to progress.