by David DeFord
A friend recently described how he and his friends
dreamed of breaking the world’s pole-vaulting
record. These eleven-year-olds retrieved the
discarded, broken poles from the high school and
They honed their skills until they could clear the
bar at six feet. Not bad for boys their age using old,
But then they made a decision that arrested their
progress forever. They grew tired of landing on the
fallen bar on their failed vaults—so they removed
the bar. They continued to work on their form, but
without the bar, they eliminated all possibility of
Remove the measure and you remove the progress.
This principle applies to your goals. If you want to
move in the direction of achieving your goals, you
must continually measure your progress.
As you chart your progress, your excitement builds
as you hit your targets. You also identify when you
begin to hit a slump or begin to backslide. Lastly, in
measuring you can know when you need to adjust
your plan to get back on track.
As you measure your progress toward your goals,
you can build a system that works best for you. Just
remember to keep the recording of your progress
simple—else you will not keep it up.
I like spreadsheets. I record my progress weekly on
a spreadsheet I keep. But I also write my progress in
my daily journal. This helps remind me of where I
should place my focus.
I challenge you to begin to record your progress
toward your goals today. Then as you clear one height,
raise the bar and keep soaring higher.
You control your future, your destiny. What you think
about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals
on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the
person you most want to be. Put your future in good
hands—your own. Mark Victor Hansen
Live your life each day as you would climb
a mountain. An occasional glance towards
the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many
beautiful scenes are to be observed from
each new vantage point. Harold B. Melchart
If you focus on winning and attaining, you will win
and attain. Brian Tracy
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I strive to improve my life in the same way.
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