Measure Where You Are
We’ve all heard the quote, “What gets measured gets managed”. I’m confident that the first step to progress is to measure what you want to improve. Whether it be a bad habit, your finances, your health, or something related to your business, you simply can’t progress if you don’t know where you are at. And if it’s not at the level that you want it, then it’s wrong, and it needs to be changed.
Measuring will give you the basis from where you are now, to where we want to go. Imagine how confusing it would be if runners didn’t know where to start or finish a race or a marathon! That’s why you need to be clear on what you want to change, and how much you want to change it.
You might find out that you thought something was going really bad, but by measuring it, you realize that everything is fine.
Change Your Mind
You cannot make progress if you do not change, and people who won’t change their minds, can’t change anything.
Changing is hard. That’s why you need to practice changing. Fool your mind into thinking that changing is easy, and fun!
Chunking, aka doing one thing at a time, and momentum will help tremendously. I like to use the word momentum instead of discipline, because most people hate discipline, even if it creates freedom and power.
When you find out that something is not at the level that you want it, it can be very disturbing, which is good! Being disturbed creates the drive to make changes. You might want to try to make yourself feel good without making a change, but if you do that, you train yourself to accept mediocrity. Don’t.
Get a reminder
I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all busy. That’s why you need to get a daily reminder about what you want, and why you want it.
It goes without saying that the reason why you want something needs to be personal. If you try to make a change for your spouse, for your boss, for your neighbour, you won’t be able to keep at it to see real changes. You will have waste valuable time and energy that could’ve been used to make a real difference in your life.
Get a System to See Your Progress
There are many ways you can visualize your progress. You can use an app, you can create graphics, or you can write an “x” on a calendar. Whatever you use, make sure it gives you a sense of reward.
Do you have a system to make progress in your life?