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Progress Is Not Linear

mind resilience Aug 17, 2020

I've always been a bit of a 'black and white' thinker. It's this or it's that. It's one or the other. It's right or it's wrong. You get the picture.

This kind of thinking has its place, especially when it comes to being decisive and ticking off to-do lists. But I've learned it can also be detrimental.

Why?

It prevents me from understanding that, a lot of the time, things are grey.

Things can be grey for lots of reasons. Maybe you've gone through a life changing event like Jordana and your perspective has changed. Maybe you feel conflicted or ambivalent about an issue because you can see both sides. Maybe someone you care about and have great respect for holds a different view than you.

I used to believe that if I wasn't better than yesterday, I wasn't trying hard enough. I would beat myself up and engage in negative self-talk. Improve or feel ashamed. If you're not first, you're last (thanks Talladega Nights for reminding me of this gem). It was as simple as that.

The chart you see at the top of this picture is a real snapshot of my progress on a Strava segment.

If I look at it in its entirety, I can see how far I've come and I feel happy! If I only look at it from the perspective of whether each day was better than the day before, I've missed the point.

Don't deny yourself the joy and the magic of your own progress.

Be you. Be proud. You are amazing.


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