“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” .
-Robert Louis Stevenson
Not long ago I listened to the audiobook The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran. It’s brilliant. Since then I picked up a copy of the companion Field Guide, and I’ve started the process of applying the structures in the book to my own life. •••
There’s so much value, but one of the concepts has to do with tracking progress as we create success. The author suggests keeping a weekly “report card” to track success. Basically it’s a checklist, but what’s interesting about it is that is only tracks Lead Indicators - not Lag Indicators. •••
“What are Lead & Lag Indicators?” I asked.
Lag Indicators are the end results or desired outcome. Lead Indicators (or Lead Actions or Behaviors) are the activities necessary to produce the desired results. (Results ARE tracked - just not on the daily/weekly report card.) I know it’s not a new idea (Robert Louis Stevenson seemed to have it figured out), but there was something about the way it was presented that made it stand out for me.
It can get frustrating when we’re busy working at something, whether it’s a relationship, a career or vocational goal, or a weight & wellness goal, and we don’t see the results. “I’m stepping on the scale every morning - why isn’t the needle moving?” •••
Question: How are your Lead Indicators? How are your daily actions & behaviors that are meant to produce the results you want? If the results aren’t there, it may be helpful to a) shift your focus from Lag to Lead; b) track your Lead Indicators DAILY; and c) don’t weigh every day. Keep doing the do, and the results will come. Ultimately it’s more about who you’re becoming than what you’re doing. Same with business. Same with relationships. Same with Life.
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