Once you decide to change your life and take action to put those decisions into motion, you can become addicted to the idea of making progress. You begin to see the danger in staying the same, the inherent riskiness in just maintaining the status quo. It’s as if the proverbial scales have fallen from your eyes and you begin to see things clearer than you’ve ever seen them before. Even more, the more progress you make, the more decisive you become, the more addicted you get.
This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, getting addicted to making progress and bettering yourself leads to a better life for you AND for those you care about. You become someone who can be trusted, who is a leader, who can inspire simply by going about your day to day activities.
On the downside, though, it makes accepting where you are a near impossibility. Indecisive people begin to frustrate you. The pace of corporate life begins to drive you crazy. It can also drive you to jump into new business situations prematurely, whether or not they’re a good fit for you.
After having a “come to Jesus” meeting with my boss, this became my life. I began to grow frustrated with where I was and what I was doing. I knew I was much more valuable than I was being given credit for. Yet I was still suffering the aftereffects of 7 years in the doghouse.
I was also becoming addicted to progress. I was becoming addicted to personal development and continually improving myself and my skills. This began to show in my work and my coworkers began to look to me to lead.
Eventually, though, it wasn’t enough.
I could see the life I truly wanted within my grasp and I thought I had found the vehicle to get me there.
Little did I know what taking that leap would mean…and how it would change my life in ways I hadn’t even imagined.