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Don’t Mistake Motion for Progress

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Let me out of here!

[tweetmeme]Leave it to Seth Goldin to come up with one of his pithy blog posts in which he said, “As the number of apparently significant digits in the data available to us goes up (traffic was up .1% yesterday!) we continually seek causation, even if we’re looking in the wrong places…data is not information, and confusing numbers with truth can help you make some bad decisions.”

Well said.  He reminded me of one of my favorite sayings, “Don’t mistake motion for progress.”  I’m not going to point any fingers, because I’m guilty myself of filling my schedule with things to do every day.  Write my blog, do a little prospecting, add a little networking, do some client work, yada, yada, yada. 

But does all this motion equate to making progress in reaching my goals?  Busy-ness is OK if you can see the finish line.  But I think many of us feel like the rat endlessly running on an exercise wheel – we go faster and faster but it’s still the same old circle.

In my New Year’s blog last year, I made the following resolution, which I will renew this year:

  • No more coulda, shoulda, wouldas. I coulda done that if I tried.  I shoulda done that and it would have made such a difference in my life.  I woulda done that if only I had (fill in the blank).   But I intend to add another resolution for 2011 —

  • Don’t mistake motion for progress. Progress means you actually accomplished something.  Motion is spinning your wheels on unproductive activities.  There’s a difference.

If I want more exercise I’ll go to the gym.  Happy New Year!