It Pays Off to Celebrate Progress

It isn’t easy to fathom that 2022 will soon be in the record books. 

It feels like a couple of minutes ago that 1999 became 2000, and everyone was worried about computer failures. But now, children born after that non-event can legally drink.

So as we wrap up another year, let’s ask two simple questions. 

  1. When you look back at 2022, what is your gut-level reaction to how it went?
  2. Is your gut-level response focused on the positive or negative?


One problem with high achievers is that they have high standards. When they fall short of these high standards, they focus on what Daniel Hardy calls the GAP. The GAP is the distance between where they are and where they want to be. 

Focusing on the GAP typically produces negative emotions. 

In contrast, Daniel Hardy encourages people to focus on the GAIN. The GAIN is when we measure ourselves against where we were before. 

As we put a bow on another year, let’s focus on the GAIN. Grab a piece of paper and write down ten things where your life is better than it was one year ago. Write two or three sentences explaining each. 

Depending on how you have trained your brain, this could be a challenging exercise. 

Use Zig Ziglar’s categories from the Wheel of Life to prompt your thinking. Where did you make GAINS financially, spiritually, physically, intellectually, family, socially, and with your career? 

I guarantee you that there are at least ten ways you have made a GAIN this year. 

Write them down and celebrate the progress. This exercise will create positive momentum you can leverage heading into a new year! 


Brian Rutherford

Brian Rutherford is Director of Content and Product Strategy for Leadercast. Brian has been telling stories professionally for twenty-five years. Stories that inspire people to see themselves and the world differently. Stories that challenge people to take meaningful action in the world.

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