Reasonable Progress in Reasonable Time

Jim Rohn said, “Life expects us to make a reasonable amount of progress in a reasonable amount of time. That’s why they make those second grade chairs so small.” It would be really strange to walk into a school and see a 17-year-old sitting in a chair made for a second grader. If we saw that we would all agree something had gone terribly wrong developmentally.

We are created to make progress and I am sure that we would all love to make progress in a few important areas of our lives… however, if you have lived for any length of time, you know progress is hard to come by. What is the problem?

I believe that deep down everyone wants to make progress. The businessperson, the body builder, the musician, the investor, the teacher, the pastor, the runner, the politician, and the parent alike all desire progress. To make progress means to advance, grow, or develop. It implies continuous improvement. As I reflect on each day I realize what I am looking for… progress. I am looking for signs of progress in my marriage, my physical fitness, my walk with God, the Church I lead and the development of my children. I believe you are the same.

This is right and good. God created us to grow and to reach our full potential. Why don’t more people make progress then? Why is it so hard to grow and develop?

Well, part of the problem is that most people simply don’t know what they are shooting for. We are not clear on the progress we would like to make. It has been rightly said that, “you’ll never leave where you are until you decide where you would rather be.” The starting point of making progress in any area of your life is knowing where you would “rather be”. If we want to change we must decide in our mind what the change looks like. Do you want your children to be more obedient? Do you want more financial margin? Do you want to become financially independent? Is it better physical fitness you desire? Or maybe you just want to look better? Do you want to get rid of bitterness and resentment? Do you want a deeper marriage relationship with high trust and connection? Do you want to be more generous towards others? Do you wish to have more patience, a thinner waistline, or simply more inner peace?

You and I cannot hit a target we don’t have. If we don’t know with certainty where we would “rather be” we will have no chance of getting there. We must first know the change we want. We must see it with clarity. Only then will we have a chance to move toward that place and make progress.

Where do you wish to make progress?

What does that progress look like? Describe the change you desire with precision.