Progress, not Perfection

We’re about halfway through the year and I have to ask, “How are those resolutions coming along?” If you’re like most people, many of the goals you craved at the beginning of the year are a faint memory. Want to change that?

Think of one of your New Year’s resolutions, like getting in shape so you can look and feel better, or adopting new technology so you can work smarter not harder. Chances are, somewhere in February you gave up. You might have stopped going to the gym three times a week or became frustrated with trying to learn a new skill and got busy with other things. It happens to all of us.

Napoleon Hill, the author of the classic self-help book, “Think and Grow Rich,” said: “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” If you focus on “progress, not perfection,” you will be much kinder with yourself and quickly recover from temporary setbacks.

With that in mind, think about how the five CRAVE steps can support the goals that are important to you. For example, you can use an affirmation like, “Today, I am grateful for the progress I’ve made.”




Click on this CRAVE infographic, print it out and post it someplace you can see every day. Use it as a reminder that, through simple steps, you can make progress each day and eventually accomplish great things.

(If you’re in the Atlanta area, come to my next “CRAVE Your Goals!” talk on July 19. Details on the MPI Georgia luncheon are here.)


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