Updated: May 17
In the corporate world, we hear terms such as metrics, stats, figures, all of which are indicators of progress and ultimately success. In today’s episode, I want to discuss with you the benchmark for success.
Let’s dig into why it’s important to track your progress towards your goals and also how to do it in a way that works for you.
The famous management thinker Peter Drucker, is often quoted as saying “You Can’t Manage what you can’t Measure” He’s right! You may want to achieve your goals but unless you’re tracking your progress you can’t know what’s working and what’s not.
We all undoubtedly want to achieve success. Our society has even defined certain parameters of success such as being -rich, respected, perhaps even famous. These are the societal benchmark for success.
Today, I want to invite you to look at your own benchmark for success. What does success look like to you?
Having more money and fancy material stuff alone may be a sign of success but what if you dug deeper.
How will success feel like to you? How will you know how far off you are from being successful in your own books?
Is there a way to find out and course correct if we’re far off from our target? It’s ironic that every one talks about being successful and there’s immense motivational information out there, however there’s less talk about how to truly track and measure ones’s progress towards their goals.
Without truly knowing what you want and how you’re moving towards your goals, if at all, it’s likely one can end up feeling disappointed and even unfulfilled. All simply because they didn’t track how to set up benchmarks for themselves.
So here’s one technique you can use to benchmark your success.
First off, let’s assume you already know what you want to achieve and you’re pursuing your goals.
The second necessity is you look at how you’re pursuing you goals. What all steps are you currently taking toward a particular goal. You can’t expect results without working for it. So assuming, you’re taking the necessary steps you move onto the third step which is critical.
That is passing, what I call the SHOULD/MUST filter. What’s this you ask?
As the name suggests, something is a Should for you if you stop to ask yourself ‘should I be doing this?‘ ‘Should’ are things which are either expected of us or are less urgent and less important for us to do. All things which simply put are
Optional goes under the ‘Should I do this’ bucket.
Meanwhile things that are a MUST for you are things such as- Paying your bills, looking after your family, being healthy, being loving and loved etc.
You have to determine if reaching this particular goal is a Should or a Must for you. By taking the time out to discover if a particular goal is an absolute Must for you, you can then organise your efforts around it.
Let’s take an example. In your relationship with a loved one, if things aren’t going great. You have the option to make things better or let them be as it is. You will know whether you think you Should make things better because its expected or because it’s absolutely a Must that you have to. It depends on completely on you.
It’s about being tuned in with your feelings and asking yourself how you feel about doing something.
Knowing that certain things are an absolute MUST you’re telling yourself that they are non-negotiable. And when things are non-negotiable to you, you do everything within your power to accomplish those things. By the same logic if things are a should. Of course you should be pursuing your goals but is it a must for you? That’s something every one needs to figure out for themselves.
Doing this should/must filter exercise alone can help you gain clarity about your goals and how you’re moving toward them.
I’m excited to know how you’re applying this technique and how it helped you.
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Till next week, remember ‘What You Want Matters and It’s Up to You to Make It Happen.”