Sometimes when you are busy making heaps of progress, you forget to look back to reflect on how far you’ve come. When striving for a goal, of course you want to head in the forward direction, but sometimes you have to go backwards to jumpstart yourself. This concept holds true for all aspects of life: fitness, nutrition, health, heart, happiness, etc. That is where I am at this current moment. Without realizing, nor exactly volunteering, I took a few steps backward recently and this is what I discovered… I was panicked at first. With so much progress being made, I found it inefficient and ineffective to be sitting in the past scraping around in the dust of who I am currently. That is, until I discovered that my blast into the past propelled me fast forward on my progression plateau. I didn’t realize I was in limbo-land, just chillin’ on this stable plateau of mine until I regressed. Tracing back my steps, I was able to take a different perspective to see just how far I have come. I was able to appreciate my growth and strength and perseverance. The trek up was brutal, so naturally I took some time to rest. That rest became comfortable. It began to feel like where I would establish myself. But, that was not my intended final destination. The plateau is a trap in its own way. There is no summit with a marker telling you how far you’ve climbed. There is only forward. Only you determine your finish line and when you reach that finish line, you draw a new one further along in the distance. A friend told me this weekend “to never settle” and boy, that woke me up. I didn’t notice that I was becoming stagnant until I took those couple steps backward. And now with this knowledge? You can bet I am no longer stationary. Progression means to keep moving forward in life; to always set new goals and to strive for things just out of your reach. Because if you keep stepping forward, someday you’ll reach your end of the rainbow.