“What gets measured, gets done.” Tom Peters
Unless you’re a goal-achieving super-star, one of the best things you can do is setup some sort of feedback loop that will help you determine on a day-to-day basis if your actions are conforming to your goals. Said another way, you need to make sure that you know that what you’re doing today is going to help you get what you want tomorrow and in the future. If you don’t have a consistent system for measuring and tracking your progress, then you can only venture a guess about whether you’re heading towards achieving your goals. Guessing may work for some people, but most of us thrive on cold, hard facts – not wishy-washy assumptions.
Here’s a little known tidbit: Most good goal setting systems have some sort of tracking and measuring method in place, and most goal-achieving champions use them rigorously with great success. What these systems usually lack is some sort of process-oriented feedback loop about how our daily actions correlate with our results. So, while they have a great system for tracking the RESULTS of your efforts, they do not have a way to track the PROCESS of seeking those results. Therefore, if you’re not complying with your established process-oriented tasks, then using a point system is a great way to create a feedback loop to measure, record, and track your daily actions. This will confirm whether or not you’re daily actions are actually lining up with your short-term and long-term goals.
I’ve created a simple 10-point physical compliance rating system for myself that I’ll share with you below. Also, I’ve offered some instructions for customizing this 10-point system to your own lifestyle. I hate cookie-cutter programs, and I’d rather you learn how to apply the reasoning behind such a system than just copy one verbatim.
Continue reading The Secret Point System of Goal Achievement Champions