Friday, September 18, 2015

Focus on Progress not Perfection

Slow and Steady wins the race..

I am definitely not on the road I had planned out originally but I have learned that we need to lessen our loads that society makes us feel we should live up to.  Looking back I have learned to be more flexible on how I get things done and the time it takes me. Not to put so much emphasis on the small details of things as it only causes disappointments.

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness with no cure like MS, makes you realize you have absolutely no control over some of the things that happen in our lives.  However, we can choose how we are going to deal with it. Having this kind of diagnosis at a time in my life where I was crossing the finishing line of better health and wellness, showed me how we can get blindsided, turning our lives into turmoil.

I have never gave up on my journey.  I found the journey just showed me that perfection of what I looked like, wasn't a priority anymore.  Even though I sometimes have to modify workouts and laid out my days out accordingly to how I feel. It has taught me that maybe I was just competing with myself to start with!

Learning that fitness is a big influence on controlling many health issues. I have had to except  my fitness  levels and activities as they differ each year or season.  Using that as a measurement of where I stand, seems to put less emphasis on its' disappointments and more on what I actually achieve. I see that my new approach to making the most out of life has less affects on debilitating me in my tracks. I admit, it's not always easy to pick out the positives affects that has guided many of us through such devastating times.

We become unhappy and feel as though we are dying due to lack of moving forward. Not spending time dwelling on the negative repercussions, it allows you to live in the moment and look forward to tomorrow. If you focus more on the good things that are happening, more good things seem to show up. 

Training ourselves to thing positive is like a muscle, the more you work it the easier it becomes.

Opening yourself up to this positive way of thinking allows you to not only progress but, enjoy what you have achieved.  It really does back up the belief; "Everything happens for a reason in its own time."  I am amazed at the new doors that have opened for me to help others see a new look on their own lives just by me sharing the things I have learned. 

So.... Yes, I do see what I have lost down this long dark road with with a chronic illness with mountains I thought I would never get over. However, the most important thing is what I have learned and I wouldn't be who I am today, if this road wasn't taken. It really is about what progress I am making and not so much on trying to make things perfect.

"So, Strive for Progress, Not Perfection!"

Do you focus on perfecting everything you do or do look forward in the progress you gain?  I would love to hear how you focus on progress in the comments below.

Leaving you today with positive approach....

MS and Living Life.... with Sherry

#MS #fitness #positive #MSLife


  1. Great post! I don't have MS, but I have lupus and RA. I know how tough it can be. I ran a 10k today, I probably finished 3rd from the last but I did it. Progress but not perfection for me. I really love seeing fellow people with chronic illness spreading awareness!

    1. That's awesome that you did a 10 k! Awareness is needed for so many illnesses that people don't like to talk about. Keep moving!

  2. Such a great post. I love that quote of striving for progress and not perfection. I was getting frustrated with my body during my adult ballet class. It just doesn't move the same as it did 20 years ago. I need to focus on what it can do, not what it can't. Thank you!

    1. We are our own worst critics! You to will get better. Never stop doing what you love!! 😊


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