Transformative Thursdays: Progress Isn’t the Goal

About two months ago, I set foot on the stair climber in the gym for the first time in several years.  That first experience was hard!  I could hardly keep up with the steps and caught myself leaning over the machine barely holding on.  I pushed myself to do five minutes and completed about 350 steps.  After the second time on the machine, I remember setting a goal of 500 steps.  Once I met that one, I went for 1,000 steps.  Over the course of the next few weeks, I kept getting back on it and pushing myself to go farther.  Each time got a little easier.  I was still breathing hard, and in many cases barely holding on, but I was making progress.  I was increasing my minutes on the climber and subsequently, my steps.  But progress is not the end goal.  It’s just a part of the process.
I haven’t really set an end goal but I’m up to 1,521 steps!  I plan to keep pushing myself little by little, doing more each day.
Do you have goals that you’ve set but haven’t accomplished yet?  What motivates you not to give up?  Remember, don’t get satisfied with the progress but keep going until you reach the end destination.  Progress is good, but it’s finishing the race that is most important.  Keep going!

~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, life coach, business executive and weekly blogger.  Connect with Coletta at

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