Many people confuse motion for progress. These are two completely different things..
Let’s see what the dictionary says about the two:
- Motion: the action or process of moving or being moved.
- Progress: forward or onward movement toward a destination.
They sound similar, but they’re not the same.
Here are a few examples:
- I go to the gym and sign up for membership, that is motion. I actually go to the gym to exercise, that is progress.
- I plan for an awesome family vacation, that is motion. I actually go on vacation and enjoy the time with my family, that is progress.
- Outlining ideas for projects to undertake, that is motion. Actually implementing and completing those ideas, that is progress.
While motion is important to plan and prepare for your end-goals, it will never get you to said end-goals unless you make progress. Too many times we find excuses to remain in the action phase instead of moving into the progress phase.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
– John Wooden