Beliefs in progress focused conversations
Your convictions steer your responses in dialogues with others and with yourself. Progress focused beliefs are, in my opinion:
- Achieved progress is everywhere: however hard a situation is, small improvements are always already achieved and present
- Talking about achieved and desired progress motivates: by voicing what has been achieved and what you wish to achieve you start to feel positive. Positive emotions enhance creativity and make you perceive more options and possibilities to achieve further progress. This triggers the progress signal, which strengthens your intention to act.
- Progress is possible: the conviction that you can achieve further progress is conditional to actually achieving progress, since it is only sensible to act if you believe your actions may improve the situation.
- Progress is normative: change equals progress only if the change leads to moving in the direction of a better state. A state is better when in involves a positive effect on the system (individual, team, organisation, society, univers).
- Small, slow progress is just as valuable and motivating as large, fast progress: progress follows the laws of complex systems and is not lineair. Progress can quickly get exponential. Focusing on small progress brakes down barriers to act.
- Refining and exploring can both lead to progress: progress can be achieved by improving what you already do and doing more of what works and by exploring and experimenting with new behaviour.