Measure Your Results
Posted by Gail | Filed under Life Lessons
Life is busy. You work hard, juggle plenty of balls, keep pushing forward. But are you getting the results you want?
Early in my working life I was given a very bad piece of advice. The advice-giver meant well, but the advice itself sucked.
I’ve always been efficient; if I can do something in 3 steps, why take 5? But as an employee we are often measured by how “busy” we are; efficiency often isn’t rewarded. When I was just starting out, working for a consulting company, I was once told, “If you don’t have anything to do, pick up the biggest box you can find and walk around with it.” In other words, look busy; impressions count.
I became self-employed very soon after that.
I measure myself, in part, by my efficiency. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes that need to achieve gets in the way of me doing something new because new and efficient don’t often go together. So I must look at both what I want to achieve and what my results are.
I love to write. I can spend heaps of my life writing. But if all that writing is getting in the way of the results I’m trying to achieve, then it’s no good. I’ve got to be strong enough to push away from what I’m good at and venture into uncertain territory.
If you’re unhappy with the results you’re currently getting, you need to rethink what you want and what you’re doing to get there. And a big part of that is thinking and speaking in positive ways about what you want to have in your life.
If you hate your job and keep talking about how much you hate your job, the job isn’t going to magically get better. Instead, look for the lessons you must learn so you can stop banging your head against that particular wall. Change the way you see your job and your job will change too. Talk about the good things. Focus on the challenges, the learning, the people. Embrace the positive.
When I started My Money My Choices, it was with the knowledge that if I could get enough people talking about their money together, moving along a path together, that could change how people thought about their money. Instead of using it to brag – buying fancy to impress – we could use it to enrich. Enrich our own lives, and enrich the lives of others. Instead of money being a measure of success – he who has the most toys wins – we could recognize it as the tool it actually is, and use it to achieve the richness we’re seeking from our lives.
I have a vision and a belief. I know if enough people talk about money and are using it with purpose and in a sensible way, we can move away from the chaos of debt. And I measure my success with every story you share about moving closer to financial freedom.
What do you believe to be true, and how will you measure it?