Progress is fun. It's the reward of our efforts and often a motivator the keep going. The act of acknowledging progress is a super power that fuels our tanks for more!
Progress can be calculated in an infinite number of ways because there are so many types of progress to be made! You can have forward progress or backward progress. You can even have non-moving or stagnant progress. In Arena of Life, progress is a term used to indicate how things are going. When doing reflections for example, you'll be asked how you are progressing. It may be a little, or a lot, it may be forward or backward.
Progress indicators will often show how you respond and flow as challenges and successes come across your path to the target. Notice how overall progress is non-linear and unique, and see how visibility of it has tremendous value. The actual choice isn't as important as the actual observation and knowing that comes from reflecting and that ultimately helps inform next steps. The progress marker will indicate this knowing and then serve as a single point in time measurement before your next reflection. Tracking progress is meant to be fun and less rigid than tracking target scores can be.
Often times progress is 2 steps forward and 1 step back or circuitous or even mysterious and the progress is meant to allow for that kind of fluid flow of movement that we all experience in life. Overtime, understanding your progress patterns and trends can generate more celebration, patience and even empathy
Notice the difference between small progress and big progess and how they both serve your vision. Notice also how healthy progress includes steps back and stumbles on the way.
Tracking your progress is different than scores because it often fits in the space between the numbers. its the small strides that eventually add up and move the score from a 5 to a 6 for example.
When tracking your progress notice how you feel or what you are sensing. This feature is quite different than the scoring element which is more concrete and often benchmark related.
Notice how different types of progress are part of the journey. Honor all parts of your journey when you reflect and see what you learn.
The goal is not to be 'perfect' within an initiative. It's to observe the initiative and your relationship to it. For example, where are you making strides?
The feedback you provide will create reflection points to contemplate and guide your future actions.
Observing progress, and steps backs, provides a fuller perspective on the ebbs and flows of life. The benefits of seeing this type of "whole picture" consistently leads to increased appreciation, patience, motivation and awareness.
As you journey through your Arena notice what your observations are inviting you to see.
Contemplate what your relationship is to both progress and scores. What do you learn from them and how are they different? Does one motivate you more than the other? Are you more honest on one or the other? Become aware of how you reflect and assign meaning to what you are doing.