It is possible to be moving but only doing so in circles. I call this the roller coaster syndrome. In this experience, you are occupied and enjoying the thrills and emotions of a seeming movement but when the chips are down you then realise you have never left the same spot you have always been.

A person suffering from the roller coaster syndrome may be reporting to work daily, marking attendance, and drawing their salary at the end of every month but they are stuck in a rut.

An organisation suffering from the rollercoaster syndrome may be opening for business as usual; its website is running, its operations are running but it is not making progress as an entity.

Progress in life or in any endeavour is not automatic. It is not something that just happens naturally on its own. There are forces to engage to make it happen. But it is also important to understand why people are often stuck in a rut.

A key reason people are not making progress is because they are stagnant but they are not even aware that they are. Surprisingly, it is actually possible to be stagnant and not to be aware that one is stagnant.

Oftentimes people are unaware of their lack of progress because they are not observant.

For some it is because they do not have parameters in place to measure progress.

You may be unaware of your lack of progress because you are mistaking motion for progress.

Understand that not all movement is progress and motion is not the same as progress. In your endeavours, you must be able to differentiate between motion and progress, between activity and productivity, between being busy (busyness) and being productive (productivity).

To advance in life and keep advancing, you must have parameters in place to ascertain your progress. You need to know your position – where you are per time in relation to your desired destination – where you want to be. You cannot talk of progress unless there is a destination in view. The destination then becomes a reference point for measuring progress or talking about it.

Written by : Ayo Adebamowo


About the Facilitator – Ayo Adebamowo Ayo Adebamowo is an Author, Speaker and Tech Entrepreneur. He is the founder of MyMedicalBank, a health technology company promoting digital access to healthcare through creating innovative digital solutions.

A Nigerian-British national, Ayo has been named as one of the 70 Most Outstanding Healthcare Professionals in the United Kingdom.

Having started and run various businesses himself in healthcare, technology, agriculture and publishing, Ayo very much understands from a practical point of view the pains, struggles and mistakes aspiring and established business owners often make that delay their success. He therefore brings his wealth of experience coupled with years of experience and research to help other entrepreneurs succeed in their journey.

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