Defining how to track your goal progress means different things to different people. However, I think one’s definition of this probably changes when goals have been met. Take my story as an example…
In the past, my goals were around a certain amount of money or acquiring a certain amount of things. Then, whenever I would reach a particular goal, I would wonder why I felt empty or worse or even more stressed out.
That’s because I knew how to set goals. And I knew how to hit them. What I didn’t know was how to track (i.e., measure) them.
I’m going to give you an equation — that I now use — which ensures you’re measuring progress of goals the right way. Here’s the caveat, though:
Before you can make this simple equation work for you, it’s imperative to accept / believe / understand that it’s pointless to use other people’s outward progress as a way of tracking where you should be.
The ONLY way this equation is going to work is if you look at your current life and think about what you want to feel. That, dear friends, must be the benchmark for how you want to improve your life.
Let’s take your current financial status, for instance. Rather than thinking about a specific amount you’d like in the bank or how high someone else ranks on the money ladder, sit for a moment and give yourself permission to daydream. What do you want to feel when thinking about your finances?
- Taken care of?
There’s no right or wrong answer!
And you can ponder this question for other areas in life, too:
The idea of having an area or many areas you want to improve is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that your life isn’t great or that you’re doing poorly or that you’re ungrateful for all the stuff you have right now. It does mean, though, that you don’t recognize all the blessings in your life currently.
So, here’s the equation you’ve been waiting for…
- Take your net income at the end of the year (or if you want, at the end of the month or week)
- Divide that by the total number of hours you’ve worked
- Multiply that by the time you were able to spend doing what you love
The goal here is to increase 1 and 2 and decrease 3. Hence, you want the final number to grow and grow.
Look, when we’re doing what we love, using our gifts, and living God’s purpose, we experience a deep sense of peace.
For much more clarity on this important topic, like: examples of hours you can’t count (for the equation), why doing what you love isn’t just about work, and how your personal equation might look different, check out The Chalene Show podcast below!
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