Healthy goals are difficult to measure

Why tracking progress is a distraction 🛑

Reflection

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Goals are compelling.

With small goals, big dreams can be whittled down into daily trackable tasks that drive action. But there’s a temptation to summon milestones that pave the way from today to the dream. Turning life into a sequence of milestones puts one in a state of near-continuous failure.

Excitement, enjoyment, and gratitude are all suspended, experienced only briefly as one passes each small milestone along the way. Turning what was once an inspirational dream into a dreaded rat race. Failure to reach the milestone builds unnecessary stress and pressure that compounds as the path to more dreams are paved.

Small goals and milestones are an attempt to replace faith. But there is no substitute for faith. Only hard work paired with faith ensures one accomplishes their dreams.

What’s the point of walking down the street counting the number of cement squares under your feet if the distance traveled doesn’t matter. Is each cement square a milestone worth tracking? Or is it a distraction that prevents the enjoyment of the journey?

Success demands singleness of purpose, but not that you become a singularity. 

Let go of maintaining the roads paved with milestones and be willing to travel down some that are gravel and a few that have no path whatsoever.

Focus on walking, not tracking.

Quote

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“More than anything else, expertise tracks with hours invested.” ― Gary Keller, The One Thing

Action

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Create goals to set direction. Build systems to make progress.

If you must track, log attendance and investment.

Start by grabbing a goal that seems slightly out of reach. Next identify a suitable deadline- be that a week, a few months, or even a year. Then build the daily system and establish the habits. Resist the urge to construct metrics that tally together creating a progress bar.

Instead focus on the craft and maintaining flexibility.

Until next time,

Josh Duffney


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