What Gets Measured Improves
Time management programs start by asking you to keep a record of how you spend your time during a typical week. Diet plans ask you to keep a record of what you eat in a typical week. There are similar plans for finances and anything else you may want to improve, like sexual stamina, or so I hear.
We measure distance, space, time, weight, percentages, ratios, flow, temperature, heart rates, brain waves, speed, age, and just about anything related to our human existence.
First we measure as a point of reference and we have developed standards to make sure we can measure with exactness and consistency wherever we are and at any time. Measurements guide us in communicating our ideas and putting them into action. Our minds can conceive an arc or a building, and measurements will help us build what our minds conceive. You may have seen recently in the news that a European entrepreneur has built an exact replica of Noahs arc based on the measurements found in scriptures.
Improving the Measurements
If you like to collect antiques, you would have noticed that new standard size mattresses dont fit antique beds. People are getting taller and bigger around. You have to modify antique beds to use them with modern mattresses. There are also companies that will build a mattress to match your bed, but your feet may stick out and overhang the mattress.
Chinese tradition considered small feet as a sign of beauty, and women would go through great pains trying to make bonsai trees out of their lower extremity. Similarly, African women go through great pains to put rings around their necks to elongate them, and I dont blame them. I could spend an entire afternoon admiring my wifes neck if her goose bumps wouldnt make her protest.
Knowing that small feet are pretty, that long necks attract goose bumps, and that hourglass figures can stop traffic quicker than Superman is one thing, but getting there when you look more like Bigfoots short and stumpy wife is another. It may take more than an extreme makeover or a Colombian surgeon to get you to measure up.
It all starts with current measurements that are meant to improve over time. All you have to do is continue to take measurements as specific intervals to judge your progress.
Projecting a Future Measurement
Ideally, you would have a projection or goal of what you want the measurement to be after a specific period of time. How many troops will you withdraw before election time? How many pounds will you lose before summer? How much do you need to save for retirement? What should my side business income be before I quit my job?
Projecting what you need for the future is one of the best ways to keep track of your progress. Measurements give you a sense of control of what otherwise may seem like a vague dream.
Every one of us who has had high goals would have experience criticism and negativity even from those who are closest to us. When that happens, I know they are trying to measure with their own tiny rulers.
Once when I was working overseas, I noticed that my team had already left and I started washing the floor and tidying up. A pretty lady popped her head into our work area and said, Your team has already cleaned up. I didnt even look up when I replied, We dont have the same standards!
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