“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” — Confucius
Kong Qui, otherwise known as Confucious, was a chinese philosopher from around 500 B.C. He was a huge advocate for teaching becoming a valid vocation, and his teachings formed a way of life that we now call Confucianism.
Confucianism revolves around the idea that human beings are naturally good, and if they stray from that path then they can be taught to change their ways.
Funnily enough, Confucius’ teachings still apply today. I personally believe that in most cases, people can be taught to do better and be better versions of themselves. It’s hard at times, and of course there are exceptions to this, but most of the time it applies. Some of his quotes in particular still apply today though, and right now we’re focusing on the one heading this article.
A couple months ago I wrote an article titled “Our Habits Define Us.” Throughout it I discussed different ways to make and break habits, and different ways of tracking progress. All of those things still apply, and I highly recommend you check that article out if you want to know more about changing your habits. But even if you don’t, it’s important to understand that the key to making and tracking progress is an unstoppable force.
Don’t be intimidated by this. An unstoppable force isn’t necessarily a strong force, it’s simply a force that doesn’t stop. It might only be moving a fraction of a nanometer at times, but it’s still pushing.
Here’s the thing; you’re the force. You’re the unstoppable force that can keep pushing towards a goal if you choose, but only if you choose to do so. How? By refusing to stop. This is what Confucious tries to teach us — as long as you’re making some kind of progress, it’s still progress. Continuing to make that progress is all you need to do to succeed in your goal.
Fortunately, making progress is easy. The best way to make progress is to track it so that you can always look back and be motivated by how much progress you’ve already made. And if you’ve made no progress? Become motivated by the fact that you’re taking initiative in your own life and trying something new. That’s a brave thing to do, and something to be proud of.
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