Motion vs Progress

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.

Rocking Chair
Don’t mistake motion for progress. A rocking chair moves but it goes nowhere.

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

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