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“The Ostrich Problem” and The Danger of Not Tracking Your Progress

Whether you’re in graphic design, teaching, studying, or choreography, tracking your professional progress in a structured way is paramount to success. If you’re not, then you’re likely suffering from “The Ostrich Problem”, a phenomenon described by psychologists in England as the widespread tendency for people to avoid information about progress towards their goals. After all, it feels good to keep moving, and who wants the frustration of discovering that they’ve actually been driving in the wrong direction?

All goals should be measurable until they become habit.

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So close and yet so far

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Vision is tricky. Bigger objects appear closer than they really are. But at least when we see something, we’re more likely to persist until we get there.

However, what happens when the destination remains invisible? When you can’t see something, in reality, the trick is visualizing the end-goal and surrounding yourself with similar widgets that create a sense of progress. The things we recreate in our head have to feel tangible.

You may be diverted into another opportunity along the journey. Be open to it. The game of goal-setting is to move forward while keeping an open mind.

So close, yet so far. But never completely finished either.