“If you can’t measure it, you won’t change it”
I’ve heard that saying hundreds of times and never really “got” it to the degree I do now. I can tell you that I absolutely know for a fact this works for me.
It truly doesn’t matter what I want to improve. If I create a metric that measures progress toward or away from the change, it creates a drama-free, emotionally-unattached measurement of progress. A sorely needed tool for many of us visionaries and creative idea generators.
At the end of May, I chose to do another 90 day blitz–an intense, focused 90 days that stretches me. My first was this winter and I got stunning results, so let’s do it again!
It all starts with laying out a few intentions I’d like manifested. In other words, stuff I’d like to see happen! One example from my actual 90 Day Life Blitz is “I am awake by 6am blissfully happy, full of energy, loving to exercise my body, feeling strong.” Sure, I have a specific financial intention too along with other intentions that I want to make progress with this next 90 days.
I stack the deck in my favor by setting an intention and creating goals that support that intention being achieved.
It leaves the door open to alternate ways of making the intention a reality. My INTENTION is what I want to happen and the goals are the things I absolutely CAN do.
I am awake by 6am blissfully happy, full of energy, loving to exercise my body, feeling strong.
Complete every day of the P90X Intense Exercise Workout.
Notice, that the goal is absolutely in my control. I know that I make the rules, so why not set it up for success.
The fact is if the intention above is the goal, I really can’t just MAKE myself pop out of bed blissfully happy but I CAN do the things that cause that to be a reality.
What absolutely does NOT work for me is where there is allowance for failure from the start.
For example, let’s take a financial goal. Say you’d like to bring in an extra $10,000 in the next 90 days. If you’re like most people, you say “My intention is to bring in $10,000 in the next 90 days”, then you get busy, getting busy and then the date gets closer and you’re “Oh crap, how can I make that happen?”.
You start pounding the pavement, make phone calls, doing whatever you can and maybe you achieve, may you don’t. I mean let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter whether it’s $1, $100, $10,000 or $1Mil, it still relies on someone else and that is something we aren’t able to control.
Why not set it up from the start:
A fresh perspective….
Intention: Bring in an extra $10,000 in the next 90 days.
Goal: To attend 20 in-person events with the purpose of networking, to make 20 sales presentations, to make 100 sales calls, etc…..
Now, I get busy doing those things I’ve proven that I can do and that I believe will lead to that intention manifesting into reality. I tweak it weekly and of course have someone that helps hold me accountable.
Now, it’s your turn. I’d genuinely like to know your intentions. What would you like to see change in your life? What is important enough that you’re willing to share? Remember that we stand for collaboration around here.