“Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi
This quote speaks to our ability to naturally progress. We can progress in proficiency, we can progress spiritually, we can progress physically, etc. This progression is noticeable if we pay attention and create mechanisms by which we measure our progress.
Project and Program managers measure progress by the various milestones and tasks they need to drive their teams through to attain the result of their project or program. This could be a new computer program or a new product launch. Personally, I track two things currently. My intake of food, water, and supplements. My progress in the weight room and cardio gear, along with my progress for the transformation of my body.
Whenever you start to get yourself organized the first step is always to do what is in front of you (necessary). Once we have all the necessities taken care of, we can progress to things we have been wanting to do but didn’t have time (possible). Once all of these things have been cleared from our to-do list and emptied from our brains, we begin to get more insights into even greater things we could do in the future. We never stagnate in one place—we will always move forward or move backward.
When you accomplish things, you’ll begin wanting to accomplish more challenging things. Your confidence and creativity will improve and you’ll begin doing things you never thought were possible. This is how progression works. I liken this to working out. Today I do so much weight and repetitions for a given exercise. The next time I do that exercise I should be able to do more because the body adapts. This is the same for anything you do. The more you do, the better you get, the better you get, the more you can do.
I wish all of you a terrific Sunday and steady progress towards your goals!
Until next time…