Show, Don't Tell

Every one of us is growing or changing in some way. As we develop, evolve, and realize our higher potential, we are faced with many challenges. One of the most common issues people face is reconciling who they are becoming with who they were.
Our friends, family, and foes all contribute to the self-doubt, indecision, and insecurity that plagues us as we try to reach the next level in our lives. Sometimes this is intentional; most times, it’s simply inevitable. Navigating your own emotions while trying to be sensitive to those you care about is a delicate dance. How can I become better and leave a more significant legacy while honoring my past and those who made it possible for me to be here?
We’ve all heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words,” and for our purposes, this mantra is invaluable. As we’re navigating our lives and we’re setting our goals, it’s difficult for people on the outside to see the end game. Don’t waste your time trying to explain it to them. Some will say you’re bragging; others will say you’re unrealistic. All of that noise, partnered with the internal struggle you’re bound to face, can kill a dream in infancy. You are far better off setting a plan of personal deliverables, moving in silence, and then demonstrating the results.
By keeping your progress private, you create a safe space where you can fail without being ridiculed and where you can change the plan without fear of disappointing others. Although making the decision to improve on an element of your life is daunting, the last thing you want is to be subject to the scrutiny of the masses. That being said, you don’t have to endure everything alone, and there are times when you’ll want to include a partner (or partners) in your progress. Remember to be selective with these people, give them clear roles, and set boundaries. Your progress is for you! So, show, don’t tell.