Although it feels like this long, cold winter is still reluctant to loosen its icy grip, I have noticed that some people around me have taken the opportunity to make some positive and lasting changes in their lives. It seems that they have taken the steps to successfully make these changes slowly, silently and simply. When I complimented and congratulated them on their achievements, they humbly shared with me that they had been quietly and consistently working on their successes over the winter months using practical tools.
I was very impressed by how hard they had worked and how much they had accomplished by staying pretty much out of sight and under the radar. These were life-changing goals that they had set for themselves and achieved without trumpeting them on social media or constantly sharing their progress with others. There was no app for what they had done and how they had done it beyond an appetite for continuous and comprehensive learning and an appreciation for clear and consistent progress.
These inspiring individuals not only generously shared their wisdom and advice but also caused me to question a long-held belief. The wisdom and advice was to quietly and confidently set a goal and then take small, silent and simple steps to achieve it. Instead of talking about their progress, they let the results speak for themselves. Have you ever noticed that a small or significant change in a person or a situation has far more of an impact on you when you are completely unaware of it rather than when you are being given constant updates on its progress?
The long-held belief that I am questioning and that is causing a permanent shift is that it may be more beneficial to be slow, silent and simple rather than fast, loud and difficult. It may be better to keep a goal to yourself rather than say it out loud, share it with others and make some quick progress at the start. This may also depend on the goal and the type of person that you are. If it is a goal to achieve something that you have never done before and know little about, you may find it easier to tell others about it, ask for their help and use their ideas and support to motivate you. However, there can be considerable pressure that you put on yourself when you tell others. Their expectations and encouragement may cause their agenda to replace yours and cause you to eventually resent or abandon the goal as your initial energy, enthusiasm and ease with which you can achieve the goal are replaced with doubt and despair that it is more difficult and that progress is slower than you had initially envisioned. To avoid this, set the goal and take your first steps slowly, silently and simply. Once you are in a comfortable rhythm and well on your way, you may choose to share it with others or, even better, they will notice and share your progress with you in the form of a compliment and further encouragement.
What is one goal that you can set and start to work on today slowly, silently and simply?