While there are many contributing factors and methods to assess the idea of progress and success, they all tend to take the same general path. This journey is so simple when looked at from afar or when the pen is put to paper but it's an adventure that hangs heavily under the “easier said than done” umbrella. Everyone has different goals and levels of adequacy for how many check-marks they find complete on their to-do list at the end of the day but in order to achieve these goals, thereby making the desired progress, it helps to consider the Three Ps of Progress.
Positivity - Mindset
It's hard to get on the right track if you're mind’s not in the game. The world can seem like a dark and scary place. Finding positivity and having gratitude for all of the good in your world is one way to reset a stagnant, fixed mindset. Retraining your thoughts so that you can embrace a growth mindset will open up a whole new world of possibilities for success.
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
- Dr. Dweck, 2015
Not only does a growth mindset help with basic abilities but it also includes the idea that, with the same type of dedication and hard work, people can change dynamics and functionality of situations or things, as well as everyday mindset and personal interactions or relationships.
There are many different ways to find your way to a happier, more positive lifestyle. Gratitude, meditation, controlled breathing, and mindfulness are drops in the pond of useful strategies to accomplish this first step in making personal progress.
Purpose - Direction/plan
Finding happiness in the miracles of every day opens the doors of possibility and allows you to see yourself better which guides you to finding your purpose in this life. Mindfulness and meditation can help you to better focus your positive energies into self-discovery and a sense of belonging.
Do you like helping people? Animals? Are you good at speaking? Writing? Numbers? The arts? Do you have a hidden talent or passion that you can develop into expertise? How can you integrate these passions, realistically, into your life?
In some ways, this part of the path to progress is akin to aligning your compass with the directional arrows on the map of your life. If your compass’s arrow (your inner mindset) isn’t settled and aligned with the magnetic pulls of the earth (your true purpose) then how can you navigate the map (your life) that the universe has generously given you.
Maybe that analogy is a little abstract for some. Essentially, without the right mindset and purpose, forward progress is difficult to come by. Combining these things with a concrete plan of action allows for productivity to ensue.
Productivity - Action
What’s better than positivity and having a purpose to increase productivity. Finding motivation to get things done will be made so much easier when you've found your focus. A solid plan of action will guide you on your path to greatness as you accomplish all that you need to in order to have a fuller sense of progress in your life.
Don’t get me wrong, there can be some extraneous variables that make you have a hiccup in your ability to get things done but there are always ways around these obstacles.
Certain dispositions require different tactics to establish a functional plan of action but that’s why the first and second steps of progress require looking inward and discovering who you are in order to establish the right mindset to tackle all that life throws at you. Gretchen Ruben’s The Four Tendencies addresses some possible challenges that people with certain dispositions may face in developing a good way to achieve their success but through it all, progress is possible.
Life’s journey is not meant to be hard or confusing but modern daily hullaballoos distract people from connecting with what matters most. Taking a moment, or more if you can, to reestablish your inner balance through developing a morning routine that includes the Thoughtful Threes and implementing the Three Ps of Progress are just a few simple steps that will encourage a more fulfilling, day-to-day adventure.