90-Day Goal: Day 17: Measures Matter
Stepping on the scale is the last thing most of us want to do. Those who study weight management report, however, that people who weigh themselves at least once a week are far more likely to reach their weight management goals.
Because we manage for what we measure. We direct money, energy and effort toward the outputs we decide are important to us. Want to get an A in the course? If the measure is a grade, then we design our days to put in the time and effort to master the material and crush the test.
Tip 17: Measures Matter
When you craft a 90-Day Goal, decide what you want to measure and name it. How much? How many? It could be inputs (number of hours practicing) or outputs (number of notes mailed to friends and family).
It is helpful to think about measures in terms of progress, not perfection. In other words, measures that demonstrate moving forward and growing are more helpful than ones that make us feel like it is all or nothing.
For example, if your goal is related to fitness then your 90-Day Goal may be specific to walking. The measure could be miles walked each week to give yourself room to adjust the lengths of your daily miles based on how your body is feeling on any given day. Or you could say I will walk “at least 5 days a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each time.” This gives you room to miss a day and to walk much longer than 20 minutes if you are feeling great and want to push yourself.
Measures are designed to help you track your progress and stay motivated to reach your goal.
Please send me your questions, challenges, and suggestions as we continue in the 90-Day Goal Together. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing the journey with you.
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