One of my “giveaways” that I’m Canadian is the way I pronounce the word “Progress”. I say it, “PRO-gress”. Apparently, Americans says, “Prah-gress”.
Today, it’s all about the truth behind it, in another version of Whitfield Wednesday’s. Or as we call them here in Canada, Mikey’s Mercredis.
Google it. – Craig
The Truth About Your Progress
By Mike Whitfield
Back in elementary school, there was a Class Spelling Bee Contest. I entered the contest with a little encouragement from my parents. You see, I was a deesent speller in school and I got that frum my Mom.
Ha-ha (you did get that didn’t you?… c’mon, that’s hilarious).
Well, I knew there were a bunch of other kids in my grade that were entering and I thought to myself, “Why me?”
I was hesitant, but I entered the spelling bee contest anyway and put my mad spelling skills to the test.
I kept passing each round and the next thing you know, I was in the School Class Spelling Bee Contest (all grades).
I had almost made it to the district contest, but unfortunately, I misspelled the word “barbecue”. Promise not to laugh?… I spelled it, “bar-b-q”. If it were “pancakes”, I would have nailed it, but whatever.
But look how far I made it by simply just entering?
Well, the same type of story surfaced for the Fitness Business Summit held by Bedros Keuilian. You see, you could enter your progress to be selected as the “Fitness Entrepreneur of the Year” and if you win, you get a Land Rover for a year (Bedros Keuilian is a wild man).
The truth is that I was so busy getting ready for my Workout Finishers 2.0 launch, I didn’t think I had time to even enter the contest.
One of my so-called “weaknesses” is that I never take time to see how far I’ve come. My wife even says, “Stop and smell your progress”. This is something I get from my Dad.
And just like elementary school, I knew there were a bunch of entries going in.
But at the very last second, I entered for two reasons:
1) It’s a Land Rover dude
2) It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to appreciate the journey and my progress
A couple of days later, I get a text from Bedros asking me to outline my transformation. It was actually riveting. I didn’t understand just how much progress I’ve made until I took the few minutes to put it down on paper.
Just when I thought I wasn’t progressing fast enough, I realized how fast I have actually come with my online business. It even gave me some renewed energy.
The next thing you know, I’m one of the four finalists on stage at the Fitness Business Summit for the Fitness Entrepreneur of the Year. We all explained our progress and how it’s changed our lives. I explained how I was able to quit my gym management job, go online full time and get my wife to be a stay-at-home Mom in less than a year.
The next day, I learn that I’m the winner…
… all because I took a few minutes to reflect back on my progress. I even won some pink dice (say what?). Seeing is believing:
Now you may not be going for the pink dice, but I do recommend you stop for a few minutes and write down where you were when you started and where you are now.
You’ll appreciate your progress and realize that you’ve already come further than you ever thought possible.
Stop and smell your progress,
Well done, Mikey.
The bottom line is that you never know what will happen until you try.
Just TRY it.
Keep on pushing.
That’s what it’s all aboot.
You can look at hardships as a reason to slink back and take the easy way out, or as incentive to step up and become better. Chose wisely.