Key #2: Evidence of progress
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Right now, someone you know is struggling in a life transition. Do you have simple tools to help her or him see evidence of progress? Recognizing even the tiniest of developments reduces stress, overwhelm, depression and anxiety. Hey now that’s a step towards joy and ease!
Remember when you acknowledged or saw evidence of your progress amid a life change? I bet your shoulders relaxed & anxiety melted away.
Many of us neglect to acknowledge or do not see evidence of, the itty-bitty steps of progress we make towards a goal or during a challenge phase of life.
Harvard University wrote an article about the power of small wins. This article included the study using the Progress Principle: “Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run. “
In the workplace, they found that the most common event triggering a “best day” was the result of notable progress. The most common event triggering a “worst day” was a notable setback. I’d like to challenge and illuminate this particular conclusion.
What I’m interpreting is that the research participants relied on seeing progress in order to feel a certain way (“positive”.) Furthermore, the participants interpreted a setback as ‘negative’ thus succumbing to uncomfortable emotions. And then producing resistance to those emotions by fixating on the personal meaning of a setback.
Combine the above two examples and one can have the experience of inner conflict. Duality exists everywhere and we need it to exist. How so? Creation demands opposition for equilibrium. And besides, we would not strive or long for unity!
That said, the Visible Transitions Evidence of Progress technique works in two ways: Providing consistent, compassionate, conscious feedback on your progress or setback (same thing,) while simultaneously assisting you in reducing resistance or attachment to your perceived setback or progress. It helps you refrain from a co-dependent relationship with, “Once I have X and Y, then I’ll experience Z.” That is to say, it helps you observe everything but grasp onto nothing. The result is experiencing more ease and joy in relation to matters like making choices, life transitions, health issues or productivity in the workplace.
* For example, is your kids room a mess? Do you feel agitated each time you open the door to piles and piles of stuff? Make this a fun game with your kid! Take a shot of what is. Then have your child pick up one, only one pile. Take another picture. Keep going until all messes are invisible. Now you’ve got a visible transition! Then email me your results.
* For example, are you recovering from chronic illness? Are you frustrated, depressed, stressed and anxious about the progress of your health issues? Take another picture. Keep going until you feel a shift inside your body. Now you’ve got a visible transition! Then email me your results.
Other examples of evidence of progress:
You can learn more about Visible Transitions here (by listening to this edited version of a recent radio interview I was invited to by KSVY) http://ksvy.org/category/the-morning-show/
I welcome your questions and comments!
This week! February 22-March 28 to dive deeper into the simple and creative ways to enjoy life transitions!
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With excitement and gratitude! Janet