First of all, the title of this article may be a bit general. But do hear me out.
We all define success in life in different ways. It’s easy enough to define YOUR success.
But measuring that success – that’s another story.
How do you measure success, or at least your progress towards it? Is it even POSSIBLE to measure success?
In my experience, the answer is YES, you can.
And if you knew what was at stake, you actually SHOULD.
My “Aha Moment” About Measuring Success
Several years ago, I was burning out at work. I was working hard on my businesses, and money was coming in… but BOY was I stressed out.
In fact, I was so stressed out that one morning, I had that dreaded “What am I doing with my life?” moment. I felt like I was making progress, but I also felt like I was shooting in the dark – like I had no direction.
I knew I took a big risk years ago, leaving my secure job to get into business. I always knew that once my businesses started generating more money for me per hour than my job, I’ll know I made the right choice.
So I tried measuring THAT… and I went berserk.
I was actually earning 19% LESS per hour than I did at work!
But that gut-wrenching realization forced me to make adjustments, and FAST.
Fast-forward a few years later, and my businesses were making ten times more money, and I was experiencing ten times less stress.
I don’t think I would have made it this far if I didn’t make that silly little measurement that day.
From Wealth To Health
In those days, I got obsessed with measuring my success. That obsession spilled onto my health, which was also in bad shape in those years.
The short story is this: I’m much healthier now than I’ve ever been in my life.
The long story: I can’t emphasize enough how eye-opening (and heartbreaking, sometimes) measuring your health can be.
One moment, you thought you were okay. The next moment, you realized your body was 10 years older than it’s supposed to be and aging fast.
But thanks to my obsession, I took the necessary measurements and made the necessary adjustments.
The lesson is this: You can’t improve what you can’t measure.
If you tried fixing an area of your life without the right measurements… then everything’s random. And you NEVER achieve success with a scattershot approach.
But when you can measure crazy parameters about your health – like your mood, your energy levels, your sleep, your blood pressure, your heart and breath rate, etc. – all of a sudden, the necessary adjustments are crystal clear.
Imagine what you could do with all that information?
You could reverse aging. You could add healthy years to your life. You could watch your great-grandchildren grow up.
But without the right measurements, life’s a coin toss.
Don’t leave it up to chance.
No matter how you define success, take the necessary measurements now. Remember, you can’t improve what you can’t measure.
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