How To Measure Your Success
Updated: Nov 4, 2019
Last week's question was, "What is ONE boundary that you can set to help you reach your top goal(s)." I said I was going to set a boundary with my family that I am off duty as the "trouble-shooter" or " fixer" for whatever they need after 8pm to reserve at least an hour before bed to either prepare for my next day. I told my family about this new boundary but didn't actually discuss it with them. It worked to some degree, but I think I will spend some more time discussing how this will work with everyone and spend some time creating a ritual of going to my room at this time so that there is a physical boundary around this as well.
I also said I was going to set a boundary with myself to not eat after 8 pm. That worked really well on the weeknights and not as well on the weekend. So I think I will incorporate that into my intention and just commit to it on weeknights and do my best on the weekends.
This week's questions stems from a conversation I had with a dear friend that I visited last weekend. My friend is very knowledgeable about what you need to eat to create the results you want for your body. I was telling her that I would like to lose weight, but I feel rebellious at the thought of having to diet or limit myself to achieve that result. She suggested starting by looking at it as an experiment and tracking what I eat without judgement and monitor the calories and the results over a couple of weeks. That way I can evaluate the choices I am making and see what I could modify to change my results. I have always hated the idea of counting calories. I don't like tracking things. It feels limiting and boring to me. But when my friend described it as an experiment with no judgment, that helped me reframe the idea in my brain.
So my question this week is, "What is ONE Thing you can do this week to help you measure your progress?"Peter Drucker, who is known as the man who invented modern business management and has written 39 books on the subject, has a great quote related to this week's question. He said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” Things you might do to measure progress depends on what area you are trying to improve your results in. You could track your spending, you could track your results from a media campaign, or track the reaction you get by approaching your relationships in new ways. I like the idea of measuring whatever it is you are tracking without judgment. It is just information to give you knowledge. And knowledge is power.
Good luck measuring your success. Whatever you choose to try tracking this week, I'd love to hear what you are measuring and what you learn from the experience. Please share anything you would like in the comments below, on Facebook or in our Weekly ONE Thing Facebook Group!