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4. Once You Track One Goal, You’ll Want to Track Everything

4. Once You Track One Goal, You’ll Want to Track Everything

This certainly happened for me. I am often surprised how much fun I have tracking my goals. When I first started, it seemed like a necessary chore to keep myself in line. However, as I’ve continued on, I find that I now really enjoy the process of tracking and seeing myself grow and make progress in so many areas of my life.

Whether you’re completely sold on Goal Tracking or not, I want you to consider this. When it comes down to it, Goal Tracking is really about two things,

  1. Helping You Become The BEST You.
  2. Keeping a Record of Your Life.

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2. Your Progress Keeps You Motivated

Once you start tracking your goals, you’re able to see the small, day by day progress that you might not otherwise notice.

Last month I decided that I’d set a goal of walking 10,000 steps per day, 7 days a week. Keep in mind that I work from home so this has been a great way to force myself out of the house and to keep moving.

This “walking time” became a huge part of my day. I love seeing the red bars over the 10,000 mark showing me that I have consistently met my goal each and every day. It’s a great feeling. And I haven’t missed a day yet!

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3. You’re Forced to Recognize Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Tracking has also forced me to be brutally honest with myself in a way that I never have before.

We often overestimate how often we do things, but tracking eliminates this weakness. When we track we just have the facts, not our subjective reflections.

This also showed me that some goals were really easy for me and that I had no problem meeting or exceeding these areas , whereas, other areas of my life seemed to be more of a struggle for me.

When you have the data in front of you, you can see where you’re struggling and make the necessary adjustments to improve.

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1. You Have a Built In Accountability System

When we don’t track something or write it down, it’s easy to forget. Have you ever set goals, never to look at them again? Of course you have! I’m sure we’ve all done this at least once.

This is why I love tracking my goals. When you have a system in place where you regularly check in with yourself, daily, weekly, etc. this forces you to hold yourself accountable.

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Be in the Right Mindset

To put yourself in the right mindset, you need to:

  • Know your 'why': why is accomplishing this goal important to you.
  • Read the right books and talk to people with similar interests.

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Goals should get measured

Two-thirds of senior managers can’t name their firms’ top priorities and more than 80% of small business owners don’t keep track of business goals.

So the problem is that while companies probably have some sort of goals, the progress towards those goals is not measured.

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Factors to consider when choosing a new habit to track:

  • Motivation: choose a habit you personally care about. If you pick a habit out of a sense of obligation, your motivation will fade.
  • Regularity: find a habit you can track daily. Each habit repetition enforces it as a behavior and strengthens the pathways in your brain related to it. 
  • Achievability: choose something achievable so you’ll feel that if you put the effort you can do it. 

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