Imagine this…you have no basis for knowing if you are making progress or not.
But here’s the thing:
We all have areas of life that we say are important to us, but that we aren’t measuring.
What We Measure, We Improve!
The things we measure are the things we improve. It is only through numbers and clear tracking that we have any idea if we are getting better or worse.
It’s Not About the Result, It’s About Awareness
The trick is to realize that counting, measuring, and tracking is not about the result. It’s about the system, not the goal.
Measure from a place of curiosity. Measure to discover, to find out, to understand.
Measure from a place of self-awareness. Measure to get to know yourself better.
Measure to see if you are showing up. Measure to see if you’re actually spending time on the things that are important to you.
You Can’t Measure Everything
Measurement won’t solve everything. It is not an ultimate answer though.
The things we measure are the things we improve. What are you measuring in your life?
Excuse me for a while, but for me it’s a lie when a person says that he or she always tells the truth!
Big part of your character is determined by the people you admire the most, both living and dead. Who are they? Looking over your life and history, make a list of the people whom you admire the most, then write out their virtues or values that impressed you the most next to their names. Also dig a little deeper, and write out some of the bad characteristics of the people who impressed you the most.
If you could spend a couple of hours with anyone, living or dead , who’s the person you would choose? Why would you choose that person?
What would you talk about during your afternoon get-together?
What question would you ask and what would you want to learn?
And here is a tricky one. Consider this as well, why would that person want to spend an afternoon with you? What are the virtues and the values you have develop that make you a valuable and an interesting person? What makes you special? Practice the values you respect. Develop the values in yourself by practicing what you preach.
Be careful of the people you have in your list!!!
What does finding a mentor have to do with facing your present?
Simple, proof. We need proof that even dreams greater than our own can be accomplished, because certain successful people were able to able to reach them though they were in a more destitute situation compared to us when they started reaching their dreams.
Your greatest dream is what you fear the most, it’s like embarking in an unknown challenging road that will test your potential and your resilience. Study a single successful person’s accomplishment that you’d love to accomplish. Then, find out what took him to get there. Make sure that you too can do something worth doing for, but it’s important that you’re willing to take the risk and work out your plans timely.
I studied Industrial Engineering. I took up MBA in my late twenties, which require thousands of hours, determined study, and discipline. I need discipline and determination to learn what I need to know, then to apply it and do what I need to do. By continually demanding more from myself, I begin to be successful in business strategic planning, business modelling and start ups.
I’ve discovered that you can achieve almost any goal you set for yourself, if you have the discipline to pay the price to do what you need to do (get things done), and to never give up.
Discipline is what you most have to resist the temptation of excuses. It is the key to a great life, and without it, no lasting success is possible. It is not the material thing you will accomplish as it is the quality of person you must become to accomplish well above the average. The development of self-discipline is the high road that makes everything possible for you.
Self-discipline is the ability to do what you should do, and when you should do it whether you like it or not.
The development of self-discipline change my life, and it will change yours as well. With self-discipline, the average person can race the fastest his talent and intelligence can; but without self-discipline a person with a blessed background, education or opportunity will occasionally rise without mediocrity.
It is funny but many of the people I know want to make more money, spend more time with their families, and achieve financial independence. Almost all of us want the same thing; but we all know what we have to do to achieve them, and we all intend to do those things some time. The problem for many is that before they get started, they already decided to take a little vacation into a wonderful fantasy place called “Someday I will”.
“Someday I will read that book. Someday I will skip diet and start eating healthy food. Someday I will spend more time self-educating myself and improving my skills. Someday I will get my finance under control, and get out of debt. Someday I will do all the things that I know I need to do to achieve all my goals someday.”
Alarmingly 80% of the population lives on someday. Most of the time, they keep on thinking of their fantasies about all the things they are going to do someday.
There are thousand of excuses for failure, but not one is a good reason. And what is the characteristic of this “Someday I will” conversations? The answer is simple: Excuses!!!.
Not surprisingly their excuses are pretty much the same: I didn’t have the happy childhood, I didn’t get the good education, I don’t have any money, my boss is really critical, my marriage is no good, no one appreciates me or the economy is terrible, etc. The disease of excusitis which is invariably fatal to success is the road to hell, and is paved with good intentions.
The first rule of success is simple: no more excuses, do it or don’t do it but don’t make excuses. And stop using your incredible brain to think up the fabric of justifications for not taking action.
Losers make excuses, winner make progress.
Start up now!