By taking time to reflect on your progress and your accomplishments, you will learn more about what you are truly capable of achieving with the time, talents, skills and abilities you’ve been given. Don’t let another month, week, or day go by without measuring your progress on your health goals.
Just as a mountain climber reviews the map frequently to make sure he’s hitting the mark, you must take time once a month or so to review what you’re actually achieving. You want to find out what’s working, so you can ramp that up! If you’re not making any progress in accomplishing your Action Plan, you must take the time to find out why that is and do whatever it takes to resolve the problem sooner rather than later.
Measuring the outcomes you generate is where a lot of people start losing steam on their journey to success. That’s a shame, because knowing what you’re measuring and how often you want to measure it is a great way to motivate yourself!
Here’s what we want to measure
- Our dreams or desired outcomes – are they clearly defined? Are they really ours, or are they someone else’s?
- Our action plans – do we have a clear plan of action with attainable goals and specific action steps to take?
- Our progress – are we seeing measurable progress on the plans we’ve established? Are we headed in the right direction?
- Our use of time – are we squandering valuable time on activities that are unrelated to our goals and dreams?
Here’s how often we should measure
- End of the day – did we do what we needed to do?
- End of the week – was our week productive?
- End of the month – were our monthly goals accomplished?
- End of the quarter – are there achievements to celebrate?
- End of the year – was the past year successful? How do we know? And by the way, what’s the reward?
By measuring our growth and development we can re-energize, re-vitalize and re-focus ourselves and focus on what matters most right now.
Consider Using These Tools to Measure Your Progress
- Health Assessments – Complete the Well-Being Evaluation today to evaluate where you’re at today! We’ll do this survey at the end of the challenge to see how much you’ve improved!
- Time Tracking - Track every activity you do for a one week. See where you’re really spending your time.
- Coaching - Hire a personal health coach to help you track your progress over a period of time and use the free on-line coaching resources I’ve given you at the end of this book to monitor your progress!
"What you measure is what you get. What you reward is what you get. By not aligning measurements and rewards, you often get what you're not looking for." – Jack Welch
If you’d like to accelerate your results beyond the 28-Day eHealth Challenge, explore simple meal plans, or learn how you could benefit from working with a free Certified Coach, reach out to the person who invited you to the challenge and ask for more information. Learn more about our coaching program and health coach opportunity here.
eHealth Challenge Tip: Set Limits and Stick to Them
Determine what you can do in specific, realistic time frames and commit only to what you know you can accomplish without making yourself crazy. Remember: It doesn’t help anyone when you’re stressed out and off track with your positive lifestyle. When time gets tight, make sure you have plenty of your favorite healthy snacks and/or portion controlled meal replacements within easy reach so you don’t skimp on healthy, filling nutrition.