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Upward Spiral: Navigating Momentum and Progress

Ah, the thrill of progress and the sweet symphony of momentum – it's a dance we all crave, isn't it?

Picture this: you're knee-deep in a project, ideas flowing like a waterfall, and every step forward fuels your enthusiasm. It's the kind of excitement that gets your heart racing and transforms the mundane into an adventure. I can see myself there right now.

Remember that feeling when you finally crack a challenging problem that's been staring you down for days? What about that 'aha' moment like a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day, and it's what makes the journey worthwhile.

I love the magic that Napoleon Hill was quoted as saying . . . “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” When I was part of my first publishing experience for the anthology “Strengthen Your Wings” the collaborator gifted me with a stone that had this painted on it since it tied into the theme of my chapter. I enjoy seeing it often in my home and it continues to motivate me many years later.

Now, let's talk momentum. It's like catching a wave – once you're on, the ride is exhilarating. But, you've got to paddle hard to get there. Progress is the surfboard, and momentum is the ocean that propels you forward. You start with a gentle push, but as you navigate through challenges, that push becomes a surge of power. And man, there's nothing like riding the wave

of productivity! Sometimes that wave can be overwhelming, inspirational, and the juice that makes it all worthwhile (as well as making it hard to sleep sometimes).

Think about it – every project is a journey, and progress is your trusty compass. It may be a road less traveled, but it's your journey. It points you in the right direction for you, and each step forward is a victory. And when it doesn't feel like a victory, there is a lesson to be learned for sure.

It's a narrative, a story unfolding before your eyes. I might even compare it to a thrilling chapter in a novel – you can't wait to see what happens next. You are drawn into the storyline. That would be an author’s dream. As I work on my next book project, I would be so grateful if readers felt this way. My next book is tentatively titled, “Peacefully Parenting Adult Children: Understand Changing Roles, Enhance Communication, and Build Strong and Lasting Relationships.” What do you think? I would be thrilled if you replied to this blog and let me know if you want to be notified when it’s ready.

In the world of project management, hitting milestones is like leveling up in a video game. You conquer one challenge, unlock a new skill, and suddenly, you're equipped to face even greater obstacles. It's a journey of growth, both personal and professional. And let's be honest, who doesn't love a good underdog story of triumph?

But it's not always rainbows and butterflies. Progress comes with its fair share of setbacks. As I often emphasize, it's about resilience. Picture this ~ you stumble on a rocky patch of the road – setbacks, failures, or unforeseen challenges. What do you do? You dust yourself off, pick yourself up, and keep marching forward. That resilience is the backbone of progress and the same strategy as persistence from Napoleon Hill’s quote.

Now, let's add a sprinkle of science to the mix. Psychologists would tell you that the brain loves progress. It's like a reward system – each small win triggers a release of dopamine, the happiness hormone. So, not only is progress exciting, it's literally a neurochemical party in your brain. No wonder you feel on top of the world after cracking a tough nut! I find myself doing a little happy dance when this happens.

And here's where citations come into play. In the words of renowned psychologist Carol Dweck, progress is closely tied to the growth mindset. Dweck's research suggests that individuals who see challenges as opportunities for growth are more likely to embrace progress and persevere in the face of setbacks. So, it's not just me saying it – science has our back on this one. Here is a link to her article.

Now, let's shift gears a bit. Ever notice how momentum is contagious? You hit a stride, and suddenly, your team is caught in the whirlwind of productivity. It's the domino effect of progress – one win leads to another. As I might put it, it's the sweet spot where individual efforts harmonize into a collective symphony of success. I’ve been part of many teams over the years, and really enjoy inspiring others and supporting their efforts. It’s the reward for investing in others and the satisfaction of participating in their success.

But, let's remember the human touch in this narrative. Progress is not just about ticking off tasks on a checklist; it's about the people who contribute to the journey. Sharing successes, celebrating milestones, and acknowledging the efforts of each team member – that's the secret sauce of a thriving project. After all, projects are not just about tasks; they're about people.

In conclusion, the excitement of progress and the momentum it brings are the heartbeat of any worthwhile endeavor. It's a rollercoaster of challenges, victories, setbacks, and growth. Picture it as a blockbuster movie directed by you or I, where each scene is a plot twist, and every setback is a setup for a grand comeback. What’s your favorite movie that captures this scenario? The underdog comes out on top. The first one that came to mind for me is the movie Rudy with actor Sean Astin. Enjoy this shot clip with me.

So, fellow adventurers, keep paddling, keep pushing, and savor every moment of the journey. Remember, the magic is not just in reaching the destination but in the thrill of the ride itself. "The journey is as important as the destination, my friends." Now, go out there and write your very own epic tale of progress and momentum! Tackle that project that may have fallen into the background. Make any progress and see if it doesn’t motivate you to keep moving forward. Even sideways progress works!

My wish is always for you to Be Well. You can always check out The Relax Me Store and view the projects and creations that provide me opportunities and an outlet for creativity that serves you. The inspired card decks for gifting or relaxation resources for making sure stress doesn’t steal your joy and help me provide you and those you care about with wellness and inspiration. They make my work absolutely joy-filled.

photo credit: @Megan Holly Artist

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