The Real Reason That Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress

We all want to reach our goals, right? But taking a long time to get where we want to be can feel frustrating. Why can’t we just have what we want, when we want it?

There is a powerful motivational quote that you need to hear if you are starting new habits and seeing little progress. The saying is that slow progress is better than no progress.

Understanding this powerful quote could be just what you need to reach your personal growth goals and start living your dream life.

Why is Slow Progress Important?

The need to have things right away is called instant gratification. It is the desire to have new things that we want in a short period of time.

Having things right away might sound like a great idea, but when it comes to your own growth as a person, instant gratification almost never works.

We all want to look our best, feel our best, and be our best. But having that happen with the flick of a switch just isn’t possible!

Here’s why.

Being your best self is the result of a long and hard journey of personal growth. And on that journey you will face obstacles, challenges, and struggles along the way.

Sounds scary, right?

Of course it does! When we show up, take risks, and step outside of our comfort zone, there is a good chance that there will be more than a few failures along the way.

And failure is really, really scary!

Failure and the Truth About Slow Progress

If you are the type to rush to reach your goals, failure probably feels unacceptable because it is a setback. Setbacks mean that things are going to take longer. So when you are in a rush, there is no time for setbacks!

But when you rush through your failures you are sure to miss some really powerful lessons. Slow progress gives us the chance to embrace failure and learn from it. When we try to rush our growth into a short period of time, we miss out on all of the valuable lessons that failure can teach us.

It can be really hard to look at failure in this way. Especially deeply personal and embarrassing failures.

A growth mindset is a tool that you can start developing to make it easier to see failure as a learning opportunity. When you have a growth mindset, you have the power to view your failures as ‘not yet’ opportunities.

The power of yet can transform “I’m not good at this” into “I’m not good at this…yet.”

It gives you a roadmap to get to success – eventually. And that road is full of bumps and setbacks. Yes, it is slow progress, and reaching your goals will take longer.

But it is better than no progress!

Slow Progress or No Progress?

The worst possible thing you can do when you fear failure is to not start.

It is okay to be afraid to travel the rough road, but that doesn’t mean that you need to stay in your comfort zone. Instead, enjoy the feeling of making slow progress through each and every challenge and failure.

The alternative is to stay in the safety of your comfort zone and make no progress at all.

Many people believe that if you aren’t reaching a goal quickly, there is no value to the pursuit. But slowing down and enjoying the journey is much more important and rewarding than simply reaching the destination.

There is no instant gratification when it comes to reaching your goals and living your dreams. When it comes to professional or personal growth, slow progress is better than no progress.

If you don’t have to put in the work to overcome the obstacles, challenges, and struggles along the way, how can you be certain that your personal growth will last in the long run?

Slow progress is better than no progress means that after taking the long and hard road and staying accountable to your goals, you will end up in a better place. And you will want to stay there because you worked for it!

Are you are looking for a helpful tool to guide you as you make slow progress toward your goals? Check out our collection of challenges templates and start staying accountable to yourself and your goals – even when they take a long time to reach!

30 day challenge

Whether you are looking for a 30 day boost, or a 90 day marathon, these challenge templates are sure to keep you focused on slow progress toward your goals!

Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and family members on social media! If you know someone who could use some motivation to keep pursuing their goals, this could be just the blog post that they need to make a major change!


Recommended for you

“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.” - Brené Brown

The 15 Best Inspiring Female Motivational Speakers

CassandraFeb 10, 2024
I am excited to share my list of the top 15 female motivational speakers that I often turn to for inspiration in my own personal journey.
“As the sun rises, may your day be as bright as our friendship.

115 Friend Inspiration Positive Good Morning Quotes

JordanFeb 10, 2024
Use this list of friend inspiration positive good morning quotes to inspire the special people in your life to reach their dreams and goals.
75 Best March Inspirational Quotes to Welcome Spring

75 Best March Inspirational Quotes to Welcome Spring

CassandraFeb 4, 2024
Now that February is behind us, it is time to welcome the warm days and soft rains of the first month of Spring! March inspirational quotes are the best way to replace the dark and dreary days of Winter with the hope and optimism that the month of March brings!
75 Feeling Drained Quotes for When You’re Exhausted

75 Feeling Drained Quotes for When You’re Exhausted

CassandraFeb 3, 2024
Use this list of feeling drained quotes to inspire you during moments of exhaustion. Remember that self care is not selfish!
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. - William James

75 Positive Thinking Quotes Images For Positivity

JordanFeb 3, 2024
I have put together this list of positive thinking quotes images to help you take control of your mindset and reach your wildest goals!
May your Sunday be filled with love, and the sweet embrace of relaxation

150 Good Morning Sunday Inspirational Quotes & Wishes

CassandraJan 30, 2024
Use this list of good morning Sunday inspirational quotes to help you dream, relax, and recharge with positive energy for the week ahead!