Progress: Actual vs Perceptual

Quitting can be an attractive option because you don't feel like you're making progress, but it's probably just because you're focusing in perceptual progress instead of actual progress.

Weight lifting is a good example.
You go to the gym & the weights are heavy & you wind up feeling weak & mostly like throwing up.

Then you go again.

And again.

Pretty soon, your previous personal best is a quick warmup "for the real stuff."

You still feel like it's work, but you're actually getting stronger.
The perception is "THIS IS HARD AND I WANT TO STOP BECAUSE IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE I'M MAKING PROGRESS."

The reality is "I'M GETTING SO STRONG AND THIS IS AWESOME. LOOK AT WHAT I CAN DO!"

So what's the antidote to perception getting you down?

Don't trust yourself. Do this 👇
Write. It. ALL. Down.

You have to keep records.

You can't trust your "in the moment" self to tell you where you were last week. You don't remember! You just know it was tough THEN, and it's tough NOW so nothing's changing.

Wrong.

You can prove it with records.
Whatever you're doing I bet you dollars to donuts (I don't know what that means but my dad always says it & this seems like a place where it would make sense) that you'd improve your performance if you kept records, a journal, an EverNote vault, or whatever.

Just write it down.
And I bet the high performers you follow can corroborate this advice, too. Don't take my word for it listen to the people out there doing big things.

Keep track of your progress and you'll be MUCH less likely to stagnate, plateau, or fall behind.

#Mindset #Mission #Mentalist
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