Make Progress: Focus on What’s in Front of You

The other day I went on a hike with my family in the woods. On the way there, it was mostly downhill walking. That was the easy part. But I knew in the back of my mind that meant the return trip would be mostly uphill. On our way back, when I saw the path ahead was all uphill, I did not find that encouraging. In fact, it was downright discouraging—and painful to my knees. But I found I could make progress if I focused on what was in front of me.

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You may have the same scenario. You know what you have to do, and it looks daunting. But if you just focus on the steps in front of you, then it can make the journey easier.

Here are three things to keep in mind to help you make progress and not get overwhelmed.

When Is The Right Time for Strategic Planning?

It is always important to think about the future of your business.  But when is the right time for strategic planning?

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The short answer to that question is whenever you will expect to experience significant change.  And in today’s business world, that can happen frequently.

But it is not feasible to spend all of your time planning and none of your time executing.  So here are three specific times when it would be the right time for strategic planning.

Six Questions to Ask in a Progress Assessment

It’s good to know if you are making progress in your life.  So every now and then it’s helpful to stop and reflect—and conduct a progress assessment.

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When reflecting on your own, you may think everything is fine.  Or everything is awful.  But it’s usually not one way or the other.  Usually you will see both positives and negatives in your situation.

When making a progress assessment, it’s good to have someone else asking you questions.  But they need to be questions that will help you get clarity.  So here are six questions you can use to conduct a progress assessment.

The Power of Conviction and How You Can Use It

Have you ever marveled at how some people can persevere through anything?  They seem to be able to plow through any obstacle to achieve their goals.  Ever wondered why?  It’s because they have the power of conviction.


I know some people have a self-confidence that borders on cockiness.  But the power of conviction doesn’t have to be based on our own sense of self-importance.  In fact, it should be grounded on a firm belief of who God is and what He has called you to do.

Here are some examples from Scripture to show that you too can appropriate the power of conviction.

How to Change the Person You Will Become

There are always things about ourselves that we want to change.  Maybe it’s how much we weigh.  Or how much we sleep.  Or how often we take vacations.  But we will only change those things about ourselves if we change the person we will become.


It’s not easy to change.  We tend to resist it.  Even when we are the ones who are trying to initiate it.  The odds are that we will not change—or at least not change much.

You will be the same person in ten years that you are right now—unless you change these three things.

How to Make a Situational Self-Assessment When You Have to Make a Key Decision

When you come to a fork in the road, how do you decide what to do?  Of course, you need to bathe the situation in prayer.  But what do you do next?  When you have to make that key decision, it’s good to make a situational self-assessment.

How to Make a Situational Self-Assessment

The worst thing to do is to become frozen and not do anything.  When you have to make a key decision, it’s good to take some time in reflection and ask yourself some key questions.

When reflecting on your options, there are three core areas to consider.  And here’s a checklist of questions for each area you can use in making that situational self-assessment.

How to Do a Mind Shift When You Get Stuck

We have all started something that took longer than we thought it would.  We looked forward to starting, but then it got frustrating.  It felt like it would never end.  And we just wanted the process to be over.  When that happens to us, it helps to do a mind shift.

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A mind shift helps us step back and see the situation with fresh eyes.  It helps us refocus on getting through.  And it helps us not tear our hair out.

Here are the three steps to making a mind shift to get unstuck.

Why Having a Coach Is Important to Your Personal and Professional Development

When you were growing up, do you remember having a coach?  Someone who pushed you past what you thought you could do?  Someone who made you better than you thought you could be?  Decades later, I’m sure you still know their name.

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It’s powerful to have someone believe in you, put the time in to help you improve, and rejoice with you when you succeed.  It’s also humbling to have someone call you on what you’re doing wrong.  But only so that you can become better.

Because of how a coach believes in you, it’s worth believing in yourself enough to invest in a coaching relationship.  Here are three reasons why having a coach will help you accelerate your personal and professional development.

Why There Is Freedom in Accountability

No one likes having anyone looking over their shoulder all the time.  Especially when it’s a private matter.  And yet that is exactly where we most need accountability.


The enemy of our souls wants us to keep our distance from others, especially when it comes to how we conduct our private life, how we manage our business, and how we think about ourselves.  He wants to keep us separated from each other, in prison cells of our own design.

God wants us to be in community with others who can help us overcome the challenges we face on our own.  And God wants us to experience the benefits of healthy accountability.

Here are three fruits of being held accountable.