How to progress?
In our heads, we can think of thousands after thousands of things. Ideas can turn into a rollercoaster and take us for a ride. But as you now probably realise, putting things into practice; the action that progresses all wonderful ideas takes time. Let’s take a look at the chart:
It looks easy, but even for the idea itself needs time to sediment before it can move to the Progress line.
If you’re like me, for a question who’ll get to the bottom of something otherwise in the dream will be a nightmare of the question quest adventure, to answer ” How to progress”, I’d think and ask these questions, “What is progress? Why things have to progress in whatever I do? Can’t things go backward even if I progress them?”
And then I’ve learnt:
Progress needs action to move, and taking action requires my energy for the exchange. As physics explains energy is never really destroyed, it’s just transferred from one form to another, so when I roll my sleeve up and put myself into work, the mental and physical energy are transferred to the subject I’m doing. And with the law of entropy, which states that the arrow of ‘time’ can only goes forward because of the increase entropy, it explains why the progression will only be going one direction, with every action I take.
To illustrate this, imagine you grab a jar of marbles and purposefully drop all the marbles on the floor to test your professor temperament, in which it should be a bad day for you! But not for the energies of those tiny balls perhaps, they are eagerly to get dissipated into something else. After a rain of pinging sounds bouncing on and off the room, the disordered marbles spread across the floor and have you ever seen the marbles pick themselves up? The law of entropy explains it’s impossible to have these shining marbles to tidy themselves up as it requires energy to put back into ordered state. If the marbles could go back to the jar themselves somehow, time travel machine would be on our way. But for now…. you might need to clean the mess quickly before the professor makes your weekend plan becomes disorder.
Fine, we now come back to talk about progress; we need action to complete a task, so the progress bar will improve. This leads us to look into the functionality of action. The more you understand what your action can affect something, the easier you can manage your energy to improve your overall progression of a project.
When it comes to action, which I like to define into four options down to the fundamentals for an easier interpretation:
These four words, like symbols, most of the time they’ll represent metaphorically because of the board variations of circumstances.
But wait, what if I simply throw a stick for my dog to chase? Well, you’re building a relationship with your dog, but you also changing the course of the stick whether it’s leaning to good or bad for the stick itself. Not to mention the energies are being used here, and the environment or the action you’re taken might affect people around you. So there are lots of variables you can think about if you want.
When you take an action, you’re naturally progressing something and they’ll be permanent. The action is the bridge to bring the idea alive; a fantastic bridge between your brain, and the physical realm. Therefore, never underestimate any of your action, it’s significant in every step.
But questions arise when you choose to remain. it might be implied for not progressing. Yes and no, depending on what is subjected to. If you’re fixing your computer and a phone call suddenly rings that you have to pick it up, then ‘fixing your computer’ has to be remained, which is now interpreted as “on hold”. Because there is an ounce of mental energy you’re giving it to unless you “exit”.
Nevertheless, choosing remain sometimes means you let the event naturally unfolds itself. It’s still progressing in a way. Like the dynamics I’ve talked about here. An example will be a five people conversation you’re in. You can choose not to intervene and witness the conversation evolves when people giving out their opinions. But as you haven’t exited from the conversation, you’re still ‘remained’ in.
Although it’s now easy to understand what action is, when the basics start to multiply though, you’ll see even the most simplistic things get their complications fast. For example, a businessman had brought a small land from the government, in which it was supposed to be built as a residential place. The owner had indirectly destroyed the roofs of many when he built warehouses instead. The large warehouses were then used for a stop-over for many flowing in and out items.
In this sense, the owner had built a sustainable system for the community of his customers and other business owners to compete. Moreover, it was sustainable for society. So the government turned a blind eye. But as the places were running 24/7, it gave rise to constant noises to the neighborhood ( In this sense the noise can be applied to ‘build’ metaphorically).
With other issues clashed with the nearby residents, the neighborhood teamed up and sued the business owner. They were about to ‘destroy’ the warehouses. The lawsuit went on and on, till finally, the owner decided to abandon the place, but refused to sell out. Some thought it’s disappointing and wasteful. But several decades later the once-controversial then abandoned warehouses had given life to plants and small insects. With rains and other weather changes, the warehouses were then contained structured micro-ecosystems living under the broken clay roofs.
With the story above, you understand the four words are not labeled as defining good or bad, but simply, the empty values for whatever you’re assigned into, depending on the points of view.
The option of exit should also be used more often. In the literal sense,”Exit” is simple, yet a lot of us afraid to take. You can walk out of anything if you want to. Of course, there will be something on the other side of the exit you need to sacrifice, which you should consider well before taking the action, but you can still walk away from it if you want. Trust your gut if you think being rational is making things complicated.
Build, Remain, Destroy and Exit as the basic defining options for your action taken will help you improve the workflow of a progression, because now you have something to measure with. And keep in mind that sometimes they’re just empty value with words as display in metaphorical sense for analysis. So dropping your phone in the water you probably ‘destroy’ the phone but might help to ‘build’ the income of the technician who can get your phone fixed.
We’re problem-solving creatures all in all. We naturally want things to progress because we have a brain. Many of us get bored quickly, as the development is too slow. Well, while being entertained during the progress is another topic for the discussion, knowing your action can make differences will help you keep things on track. I hope this article can help you progress some of your difficult tasks as you understand how action and progression work.