Saturday, January 14, 2012

Measure Your Progress

An extremely important part of your change program is being able to measure your progress.

Testing is not painful, nor is it expensive. You should do it everyday (but it is a pleasure not a demand) in the comfort of your own home, at the end of each day.
Simply ask yourself how your day has gone and write your answers down.

If you are trying to change something physical like weight, fitness, hair, skin, wellbeing It's also a good idea to take before and after photos and post them somewhere you'll see them every day. If it financial, then maybe keep copies of your bank statement in places only you can see them.

But most importantly, measure 5 - 10 different aspects of your progress.

My most successful clients measure everything in their life that's effected by their change, normally on a simple scale from 1 - 10, such as:
- relationships with others
- daily energy level
- attitude
- way you feel when they look in the mirror
- the way you fit into your clothes
- the compliments you get from people
- level of mental focus
- waist, hips, and thigh measurements
- body weight
- body-fat level
- endurance in your workouts
-spending controls
- etc, etc, etc...

Make a long list of ways you can measure your progress - but be sure to include things that are truly important to YOU. If having loads of energy is important to you, than you should be measuring your energy level every day to see if your changes to your routine are doing their job.

On the other hand, if you already have a lot of daily energy, than you might not want to measure that - you might prefer to measure other things that are more important to you at the stage of life your currently at.

Take time to design your list, then chart your progress in a daily journal every day for each of the categories on your list. Then take an average for the whole day, and write that average at the top of your page.
You will be amazed how clearly this shows your progress and it shows really clearly and quickly what is and what is not working for you.

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