It is important to track and measure things. Track and measure your investments both financial and personal. You don’t train without logging your progress. You don’t know if you making profits or worse losses if you don’t track your financials and most important of all you should track and measure your relationships.
Personal and professional!
Most people look at measurements and metrics as outputs of success. Where this is true, its equally important to look at how we have failed.
Remember this is about how to turn failure around.
Success is not and should not be about how much money we have in the bank or what the size of our organisation is. Success is about the sum of all the parts. Remember in my first post I said don’t look at other people’s wallets? Well for now – ignore that. When you look at someone that is (apparently) successful, what do you really see? You see the nice clothes? Fancy car? Multi-million dollar company?
Yes, these are signs of success. But what about their personal lives? Are they married? Do they have friends and family that love them (or associates and colleagues that love what they have?)
Ever wondered if they have looked at you and thought “Wow, I wish I had what he has!” You would be surprised to hear how many times this is actually the case. You see as I said – we are always looking at what others have and this is usually what we don’t.
So when I talk about Tracking and Measuring, I am talking about the whole deal. Track and measure everything you have, not what you don’t. Make sure that you have more things of real and actual value in your life than the ones that can disappear or be taken away in a flash.
In order to succeed you have to really know what you want and then go for it. The truth is you may actually be quite surprised what these goals are. Would you want all the money in the world or to know that your family are safe and healthy? If you could have a fancy car and a platinum credit card or someone that loves you and can’t wait for you to come home everyday, which would you take?
See, taking stock of what you have vs what you think you want is really important and may send you on a totally different path in life.