Daily Progress

Squeaky WheelDaily personal growth, development and self-improvement

I will persist until I succeed. Og Mandino

Inch by inch, anything is a cinch. Robert Schuller

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Chinese Proverb

Being committed to making daily progress should be as basic as eating, sleeping, and breathing. It should be something that is integrated and automatic; not something to remember to do, but something we do. Our progress can be so small that it is hardly detectable. That is okay, as long as a little progress is made daily. We become stronger and wiser. As this happens there will be an increasing air of well-being that is unmistakable.

At birth we begin a process of physical and mental growth that progresses through various life stages until life concludes. Our physical growth peaks early; but we have virtually unlimited mental capacity and potential to grow in wisdom and understanding. We are a work in progress from birth until death. We should be like a master craftsman building a fine home, we are slow and deliberate. The home we are building is to become beautiful and our work of art. We are our own self-builder. Joy, happiness, fulfillment and wisdom should enrich our lives. These desirable traits are found within the path of daily progress, personal growth and development.

Chronologically we only have a finite amount of time. The ideal is that we grow to reach the limits of our capabilities. Chances are none of us will ever use up all of our innate potential. This is a lifetime’s process. It is our life’s work. It many respects it should become our personal work of art. We are our own master craftsman. We should never stop growing and perfecting. Ideally, we keep growing until our very last day. The reward for our diligence and commitment is increasingly finding more and more inner peace, joy and happiness.

We should be motivated to the degree that every day we commit to making a little progress. We do not have to turn our worlds upside down to do this. If we are not consciously making the effort to experience some personal growth every day, we probably do not have the commitment we should. Our daily progress should be at a pace that we are at least consciously aware of it. This should be our ongoing quest. The way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. The way to personal growth and development is a little growth each and every day. We should always be holding ourselves accountable to becoming a better ‘‘us”.

Challenge: You probably have good intentions to live up to your potential. In some ways you are growing whether you are consciously trying to or not. The truth is that you are not growing at an acceptable rate if you are not consciously involved and aware of daily progress. Become more proactive, monitor and direct your efforts. Hold yourself absolutely accountable to this. You are and will be a work in progress. Work on it every day.

Wisdom: The moment a man begins to think for himself, that moment he begins to grow.  Fred Van Amburgh

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.  Psalm 68:3

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23

The Bible has many teachings about talents, abilities, sowing seeds, righteous living, virtues, being a good steward and many such things. There is no doubt God expects us to be responsible and accountable with our lives? He has given us talents and abilities and expects us to grow and develop while being good stewards. The more we are given the more we are expected to accomplish. We should know the truth of this inside our hearts.

Prayer:  Help me to be a good steward of all of the talents and abilities You have given me. Help me to grow.

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