Please take a look at the above graphs. Basically they are all type of round, but do you see the difference? Don’t worry about the words, just take a look at the structure.
See that? They can be flat, upwards or downwards, even though the cross-sectional views are all round.
Most of us have learned about the upward and downward spirals. We know that upward spirals represents growth, improvement, increase, which will lead to success, happiness and the good stuffs; while downward spirals are signals of decrease, dragging, deterioration, which will lead to the negativity. When things or we are on the upward spiral, we know that things are getting better, economy are going up, business is prospering, and we will keep doing what we are doing right now to keep the momentum. On the contrary, when things or we are on the downward spirals, we know things are not going so well, productivity suffers, future seems dim and not much is achieved, when we will change what we are doing and do something different.
The spirals are also a symbol of how to deal with hurdles, setbacks and challenges in our lives. When we demonstrate perseverance, resilience, positivity and optimism, we can see our path is going up, like the upward spirals. Even though there are times that it seems we are back to zero, we are actually stand on a higher level of zero and start from the higher starting point to accumulate the achievement. However, if we always see the dark side, practice procrastination, shift responsibilities to others, it seems that we are not the problem, but in the meantime, we are not growing, the whole project or business is not growing, because we are not nurturing growth, we are not facilitating communication, we are avoiding reality and shun from criticism. It is obviously that we know which type of spiral to create.
However, how about the flat one? Where does it lead to? It is a representation of MOTION. In one of my recent training classes, we discussed the difference between MOTION and ACTION. The results is kind of controversial, but I would like to share it with you. Some people say they are the same process; some people say motion leads to action and action needs motion; some people say motion is driven by desire and action deliver the result. Every answer has its legitimacy based on the person’s experience and habit. It was one of James Clear’s blog opened my thoughts. Take a look at some of the examples he listed:
- If I outline 20 ideas for articles I want to write, that’s motion. If I actually write and publish an article, that’s action.
- If I email 10 new leads for my business and start conversations with them, that’s motion. If they actually buy something and turn into a customer, that’s action.
- If I search for a better diet plan and read a few books on the topic, that’s motion. If I actually eat a healthy meal, that’s action.
- If I go to the gym and ask about getting a personal trainer, that’s motion. If I actually step under the bar and start squatting, that’s action.
- If I study for a test or prepare for a research project, that’s motion. If I actually take the test or write my research paper, that’s action.
Do you see the difference? Motion can never, by itself, lead to the results that you want to achieve. Most of the time, motion leaves us an impression that we are busy, so we say to ourselves that we are making progress; motion might set up a perfect circle in disguise of trap that we keep coming back to on our way to success. The books on success always talk about get up where we fall, but please do not miss a point. The essential benefit of that fall is to learn from the fall and do something different. Otherwise, we are on the flat circle. We fall exactly where we fell last time, the time before last…. The impression is that we are bouncing back, but the reality is we are not progressing, because we are not delivering results and nothing can be achieved this way, except for a more tolerant attitude. This is a kind of false optimism.
Please wake up from the circle mentality that you are not aware of. The only sign of progress is delivery of results. PERIOD. We can say others’ are picky, are judgmental, bias, not understanding, whatever you name it, but at the end of the day, the best tool to make them shut up is the result we deliver. We can only build results on results. It is absolutely a step by step journey. No single step can be missed if we want to build a solid kingdom of our wealth, fame and success.
Don’t confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
– Alfred A. Montapert (the author of The Supreme Philosophy of Man: The Laws of Life)
To your success.