Measuring Progress

If there is no momentum in our lives, we feel discouraged. If there is no forward motion, we just want to move on.
We must measure progress so we don’t give up and we do that by staying motivated.
We know progress requires change.  We see progress calls for courage. And we understand that nothing wants to stay the same.
How we work, how we play, how we live and love – all must evolve over time into something different.
Because it wants to become bigger, better – defined and refined- strategic and satisfying.
However, measuring progress only happens when we have the courage. If we resist change – if we lack courage – all will end up staying in the status quo. As a person who leads from within, you must challenge what has always been, so you can change and grow.
I know you are seeking stability.
I know you are seeking to belong.
I know you are seeking to be heard.
I know you are afraid of being wrong.
I want you to look at your life, work and relationships, and have a keen awareness of the transformation that needs to be made in order to progress. Then I want you to take the action needed to move forward.
As a person who leads from within, you have to be someone who has the courage to do what most people only whisper about.
It is not your insights that set you apart from the crowd.  It is your courage to do, to see, and to act.
Lead From Within: Simply knowing that you will show up and speak up will transform you from being a stagnant individual into being a person who has influence.

Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

  1. David Pancost

    29. Mar, 2011

    “It is not your insights that set you apart from the crowd. It is your courage to do, to see, and to act.”

    What a great reminder, Lolly.

    It reminds me of the saying: “I’m sorry, I can’t hear your words, they are being drowned out by your actions.”

    As leaders, we need to be about our vision. Doing the things needed to see it become reality. That often requires a lot of courage, especially as that vision grows and evolves. We’re always called out to go beyond our comfort zone.

    Courage, however, only comes as it’s exercised. Like any muscle the more you engage it the stronger it gets. Stay within your comfort zone too long and it will start to atrophy. Doing is always preferable to “wondering if”.

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  2. Lolly Daskal

    29. Mar, 2011

    I love this: I’m sorry, I can’t hear your words, they are being drowned out by your actions.”

    Your insights in your comments are brilliant
    Thank you so much for sharing.


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  3. Akevy Greenblatt

    29. Mar, 2011

    “Then I want you to take the action needed to move forward.”
    This point is so true!
    Often my self include tend to blame others or gives reasons as to why we haven’t been able to succeed but in the end it is up to us and we have to take the actions that are needed and in the end we can’t blame anyone else.
    At times easier said than done. Thank you for the reminder and encouragement to take the action that is needed!


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    • Lolly Daskal

      29. Mar, 2011

      Measuring Progress is a timely message for us all. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Steve Foss

    29. Mar, 2011

    I have to take ownership in the fact that two gladiators vie for top spot on my “reasons I don’t accomplish” list. They are “Fear” and “Lack of clear goals”. Thanks for the great post Lolly.

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  5. Lolly Daskal

    30. Mar, 2011

    I concur your thinking about “ownership”
    Loved your thoughts.
    Thanks for insightful comment.

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  6. Todd Ford

    31. Mar, 2011

    That was an excellent read, Lolly! I look forward to more of your amazing words!

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  7. nothingprofound

    01. Apr, 2011

    Being something of a Taoist I have a very different perspective on “progress” and “change.” But within the parameters you’re discussing, and for people with similar goals, your suggestions here are very clear, useful and encouraging.

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  8. Vikki de los Reyes

    04. Aug, 2011

    In our culture, younger ones who speak up are being frowned upon. You are considered disrespectful if you do that.

    In the workplace it is more difficult. It does take a lot of courage to be able to speak up and give opinions. Considering tone and timing in doing so. I wish i have leaders who lead from within. I wish even more to have the courage to develop it in me.

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