Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A Note on Progress

As I was laying in bed last night I was pondering the mysteries of the universe. Okay, not really, but I was thinking deeply about my current life. Lately, I've felt stagnant. I'm not digressing or doing anything wrong, but I haven't truly been progressing. And that's why we're in this mortal state- to progress! As I was mulling over the cause of my lack of movement I had an epiphany. Here's what went on in my head:

Whitney's Mind: "Why do I feel like I'm not progressing? It's so frustrating! I hate it when this happens. What can I do to start accomplishing things? I know! Maybe tomorrow I can do this certain thing. That will help me in this goal in my life. Oh, but wait. Man, I don't like doing that. It's out of my comfort zone. Hold on!!! Wait a minute! Duh! That's the key to growth! You have to step out of your comfort zone! Woah! That makes so much sense! Oh, and didn't I hear a talk about that a while ago? Yes, yes I did. Wow! I think I just discovered the key to success!"

And there was much rejoicing. In fact, my brain might have even danced a jig or something. It's completely possible.

Also, I did hear a talk about progression that mentioned leaving our comfort zones. Here are some profound things I learned form it:

  • When we reach plateaus, that's when Heavenly Father sees if we really want to grow.
  • As we take the sacrament each week, Father asks us, "My child, what did you do this week to grow?" He doesn't expect perfection, just growth.
  • If we are going to stay above the growing evil, we have to keep growing!
So, today I applied my principle that stepping out of our comfort zones brings growth. I was practicing viola. I just got the music for an opera last night and I started practicing it today. Let me tell you- it is the hardest music I've ever played!!! I really didn't want to start practicing that music this morning. It seemed so scary!  But, I remembered that I needed to step out of my comfort zone if I wanted to grow musically. So, I practiced it. And yes, it was uncomfortable. I didn't really love it. But, I know for sure that I am that much closer to mastering the music, and that my skill in general increased ever-so-slightly because I exercised faith in that principle. I finished practicing with satisfaction and the beautiful feeling of being proud of myself.

It makes me wonder- what could each of us do if we stepped outside of our comfort zones? How would you grow? What could our world accomplish?


  1. Wow what a great post!!
    I play the french horn and i am really struggling with one of my exam pieces because it is really challenging. Everytime i sit down to practise it i would always give up. But after reading this post it has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and to really strive to play my piece well!!
    Because you are such an inspiration i was wondering would you please have a look at my blog and give me some advise so i can one day have a blog as good as yours!!

    1. Playing exams are stressful! I just had one in February. Good luck! And good luck with the practicing! Don't you just hate it when you try to practice but it just doesn't work? But you can overcome it! I know you can!
      It makes me feel so special that you love my blog so much and that I can inspire you! I will gladly look at your blog! Just give me 24-48 hours so I have time to look at it properly. :D I'll even link to it on my sidebar if you want!
      Good luck!

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  3. Wow, you inspire me! I am 14 years old, and take turns with my older sister as our branch organist. I am not good at the piano, to be blunt. I really need to practice, but my hyperactive lazy brain rationalizes so much... However, I am now going to practice my hymns for Sunday. Love ya, Whitney!

    1. That's awesome, Kate!! I play piano a little bit, but could never do that! How cool.
      And thank you so much!
      Good luck! Let me know how it goes!


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