Blueprint to Better 001 - Continuous Progression
We’re beginning the Blueprint with one of the most fundamental aspects of becoming the best version of yourself - the invaluable concept of continuous progression. Without focusing on our growth in as many ways as possible, we become a victim to mediocrity. It's absolutely necessary we always strive to improve.
The concept of continuous progression can be broken down into three main pillars: embracing the power of learning, setting audacious goals, and embracing failure. Let's dive in.
Embrace the Power of Learning
The commitment to lifelong learning is the fuel that ignites growth and progression. Many think that learning stops when they graduate high school or college, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. While your formal education might be stopping, your knowledge acquisition cannot if you want to be successful.
You must cultivate a thirst for knowledge and commit yourself to acquiring new skills and insights. The easiest way to make this work is to focus on things you’re passionate about and want to get better at. Seek out opportunities to expand your horizons through books, podcasts, courses, and mentorship. Remember, every new piece of knowledge adds to your arsenal, empowering you to navigate challenges and seize exciting opportunities with confidence.
Don’t want to spend the time doing these kinds of things? Your competition is. And they won’t be competition for you much longer, because your unwillingness to learn will take you out of the game entirely.
Set Audacious Goals
As human beings, we need things to strive for to be fulfilled. And if we don’t know where exactly we want to go, we can easily wander from the path and likely not ever actually get to where we want. This is why goal setting is so important. Goal setting allows you to prioritize what matters most and set your focus on those priorities.
But just setting the goal is not nearly enough, and it’s where most go wrong. It’s essential that your goals be broken down into actionable steps, and that you monitor your progress along the way to ensure you’re moving in the right direction. Remember, it’s about the direction, not the speed. You might find it will take longer than expected to hit the targets you want, and it often is that way. All that matters is that you’re consistently getting closer.
Embrace Failure as a Stepping Stone
In the pursuit of continuous progression, failing at something or coming up short is inevitable. However, it’s important to understand that true failure only exists when you stop. Most people see a failure as the end, and often times, it’s just someone’s excuse to stop because the journey is too difficult for them.
Remember that every failure brings you one step closer to success, and trust that it happened because it was supposed to happen. It was supposed to teach you something. It happened to make you better. Approach challenges with resilience, knowing that they’re inevitable and that you’re capable of overcoming any and every single one.
As you take on this journey of continuous progression, remember that success is not measured solely by reaching a destination or acquiring a certain sum of money. Success is in the progress you make along the way. It’s in who you become along the way. It’s waking up every day, pursuing what you choose to pursue, and getting better.
Embrace the power of learning, set audacious goals and blueprints for achieving them, and accept failure as part of the process. Understand and apply these concepts, and it’s guaranteed that you’ll be better.
We hope you enjoyed the first installment of the Blueprint to Better. See you next week where we’ll discuss how to cultivate resilience.