You make a lot of changes to your lifestyle – more exercise, no junk food, more veggies. Now imagine that you don’t have a scale, tape measure or mirror to see if these changes are having an effect.
It would be totally frustrating, wouldn’t it?
Being able to measure the results of what you’re doing is one of the biggest motivations in keeping it up. No matter what you’re working towards, it’s really important that you have a way to track your progress.
That also means you need to know what your starting point is, so you can compare it to your progress further down the road.
For some things, a way to measure isn’t as obvious as stepping on the scale. If you’re working on reducing your stage fright, for instance, you may need to develop a 1-10 scale based on your heart rate, sweaty palms or butterflies in your stomach. It just takes a little thinking to figure out a way to measure that works for you.
Once you know how you’re going to measure your success, it’s time to take consistent action actually doing it. Here’s a daily evaluation plan that you can put into action today.
1. Make a list of your successes and failures. What things did you do today that moved you closer to your goal? What did you fail to do? Did you do anything that was a step in the wrong direction? Make sure to note down whether you did your visualizations and meditation, as well as any positive or negative self-talk and affirmations.
2. Congratulate yourself on all the successes, no matter how small. You deserve to take credit for any success and be proud of yourself!
3. Address the failures. Think of why each failure is appearing on the list – no need for judgment or making excuses, this is a blame free exercise! It’s just important that you figure out why the failures happened in order to know how to do better next time. Create solutions (this is a great time to use the ho’oponopono and forgive yourself!), and use those solutions tomorrow.
4. Measure your progress. Now, it’s not always practical to do this on a daily basis; like, if you’re losing weight, it may be better to measure just once a week. The important thing is that you decide how often you want to track your success and then do it consistently. Set an alarm, write it on the calendar – whatever it takes to make sure that you do it when you say you will.
5. Make adjustments as needed. One of my favorite sayings is “You can’t steer a ship that’s not in motion” – the important thing is that you start taking some sort of action towards your goal. Once you’ve gotten started, it sometimes becomes clear that your original plan isn’t getting the results you expected. This isn’t a time to give up! Make adjustments, adjust your goal, extend your deadline as needed. Now that you’re in motion, it’s ok to change course if you need to!
If you’ve been following along with this series, I hope you can see that failure is virtually impossible if you use all these tools. Find your passion and set your goals; use the tools (meditation, visualization, affirmation), and evaluate your progress – as long as you keep taking action, success is practically guaranteed.