What I remember most about writing for a website called Addicted2Success is how wrong I was about measuring one’s progress during the course of a day.
The typical way we’re told to measure our day is by looking at our productivity, as highlighted by INC writer Kevin Daum.
The last 24 hours have changed, yet again, how I think about measuring my day. I found myself this morning with a big grin on my face.
The launch of my eBook into the world should have been a proud moment. It was a labor of love and hours of work to complete it. By productivity standards, the result was a huge hit.
As the book made its way through the Matrix that is the internet, messages started coming my way. It wasn’t the number of sales that surprised me; it was how it changed the way I measured my day.
As you can see, the measurement of yesterday’s success had nothing to do with tasks, sales, or vanity metrics such as followers/likes. But this is how one would normally measure the launch of their eBook. Instead, four of the measurements were external. Two of the measurements were internal.
Measure your day using these two metrics below.
Did you inspire or help one person?
Thinking about your selfish desires and using the acquisition of those desires as a measurement of your day, is a flawed strategy.
Selfishness leads to becoming obsessed with one’s self. Being all about you won’t help you outperform in life or attract people into your life that can help you achieve those big audacious goals. The opposite happens.
When you obsess over yourself and your goals, people are unconsciously repelled away from you because your ego blocks the chance of a relationship and perhaps an exchange of value.
Measuring your day based on tasks is debilitatingly demotivating.
Measuring your day based on the impact you have on humans is inspiring and life-changing.
Did you learn one new thing?
Yesterday I learned for the 4000th time that when I make others happy, I experience an increase in spontaneous grins and end up pinching myself.
Why? Because mental illness always told me this way of life was impossible for a broken mind like mine. Helping complete strangers feels like someone else’s daydream, not mine. It doesn’t feel real.
When you change the metrics of how you measure your day and start with your external impact, you learn that the impact you have on your internal happiness system changes too. This was a big lesson yesterday. It was more important than the number of books sold or how much money my share portfolio went up or down.
Learning these huge lessons in your life pays dividends. They help you see unrealized potential and allow you to harness it.
Learning skills creates value and that increases your self-worth and, therefore, the impact you can have on others while you’re alive.
The coolest thing about yesterday was being able to surprise and delight five complete strangers who have supported my writing for the last six years. It was nice to give them something and say thank you with a digital hug in the form of an eBook.
You can measure your day based on tasks, money, or how close you are to your next career promotion — but it won’t radically shift your thinking and take your life to the next level.
Based on yesterdays experiment with a notepad and a different set of metrics, try measuring your day in the following way:
Did you learn one new thing and did you inspire/help one person?