I started out the new year talking about “tracking your progress” and the downfall or lack of success that most of us have because we do not.
We set goals and we never see FULL results. That’s because we have not taken the time to track or “measure” our progress. Some of us aren’t even sure what that looks like.
Keep reading and I’ll tell you how to track your progress and why it’s necessary if you want to accomplish any of your personal goals.
Why Do I Need to Track My Progress? (What does that Mean Anyway?)
I like the way Merriam Webster defines the word “track.” It means to have:
- an awareness of a fact, progression, or condition
- detectable evidence that something has passed
In essence, what this means is that when it comes to accomplishing our personal goals, we need to be aware of the work and effort that we’ve applied towards our goals.
I’ll use myself as an example. One of my goals is to grow more spiritually. You may think that’s a hard goal to track, but it’s actually quite easy (the tracking part, not the goal itself). Here’s how this process will work:
1. Determine what your goal looks like in the end.
First, I would need to determine what “growing more spiritually” looks like to me. That means that I need to think of the “end” result of where I want to be. So, if I am at point A and my goal is to get to point D, I need to figure out what has to take place to get me to that goal.
What does your “end” result look like?
2. Take steps towards accomplishing goal.
I strongly believe that in order to do this, it requires being active in church, listening to more of God’s word, reading scripturally based or inspirational books, and putting what I’ve learned into practice. These are steps that I would then take to work towards accomplishing that goal.
What steps would you need to take to accomplish yours?
3. Ask yourself questions about your progress.
Have I done any of these things? What have I not done that I still want to do? What am I proud of so far? What changes have I made? What still needs improvement?
After all, asking questions is how we learn, right?
4. Note the “detectable evidence.”
After I’ve asked myself questions about my progress, I would write the results down so that they are not just passing thoughts. Writing down your progress solidifies that you have concrete evidence of your improvements and that you are in fact moving towards accomplishing your goals everyday. So, when you are tempted to say, “I have not made any progress,” you actually have detectable evidence that proves otherwise. So, in my case, the detectable evidence may be, I no longer think this way or I no longer have certain thoughts… I know my faith is stronger because…
We hear a lot about writing our goals down, but not a lot about writing down the progress that we have made in trying to accomplish those goals. Tracking our progress, however, is the key to accomplishing any of our personal goals. It is often times the negative thinking that prevents us from reaching our goals. It’s not because we are incapable. It’s not because we lack the ability to be persistent. It is because we do not see progress.
Progress is often times small, no matter what your goals are. Little, tiny things often get overlooked or go unnoticed, even to us. That’s why it’s necessary that we become more “aware of our progression” and note the “detectable evidence” that has taken place. Tracking our progress allows us to fight against self-doubt. It propels us forward and keeps us moving towards accomplishing our personal goals.