Do Not Confuse Motion for Progress

Good morning

A terrific phrase I heard the other day is the focus for our discussion. Do not confuse motion for progress; similar to my Rocking Chair Strategy–efforts are not outcomes.

We need to be aware of our behavior as well as our motivations.  Being busy (motion) is not the same as outcomes (progress) or getting where we want to go.  Like a rocking chair, we can be busy busy busy rocking away in our chair–but are we moving forward?  Are we doing the right things in the right sequence to demonstrate forward progress?

There is often safety in motion.  We can fool ourselves into thinking that working hard is the goal.  Instead, working hard is the means to that goal.

Remember, first we plan our work, then we work our plan.  Our plan is a destination–an end point, an outcome, a goal; where we want to end up.  The question is planning our strategy to get there–wherever there may be.  We cannot confuse busyness and motion for progress or outcomes.

Thus, the question to ask is: are you where you want to be?  If you are working hard, but not getting to where you want to go, this lesson may be perfect for you.  Do not confuse motion with progress.   Create your vision, then create a plan FORWARD to get there.

Happy planning!  Happy dreaming!

Dr. Cheryl Lentz
The Academic Entrepreneur

April 5th, 2018 by admin

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