If you’re like most people, chances are pretty good you have one or more of the following problems: you don’t have enough time; you don’t have enough money; you don’t spend enough time with family and friends; you don’t weigh what you want to weigh.
At one time or other I had every one of those problems.
What’s one thing you can do that will dramatically undermine all of those issues?
People around me—smart people, successful people—tried to tell me how to handle them. “The most important thing,” they said, “is to track everything that can be tracked.”
I had a feeling they were right, but I didn’t want to track anything. I had convinced myself that tracking was boring. I looked at them and thought, “What boring lives they must have! They’ve taken the fun out of everything.”
In reality, that was me resisting the idea of tracking, resisting the idea of facing who I was and what I was doing.
I didn’t want to know the truth about my habits and what they were costing me.
I didn’t want to know how inadequate I was.
I had convinced myself that all of their tracking had taken the fun out of life when, in fact, it was the tracking that made the fun possible.
One day I finally woke up to the simple and obvious fact that was staring me in the face: Those successful people were successful in part because they knew where their resources were going, they knew the results of their actions and habits, they knew what they wanted to achieve. They had healthy bank accounts, property, and travel opportunities. They had vision, priorities, and SMART goals. They were getting everything they wanted and they were having fun!
When I decided I wanted to get more out of life, I decided to take their advice. I started tracking.
Over a three-month period I tracked every penny I spent. I was appalled to discover that I was spending $15 a month on Peanut M&Ms. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. A lot of money was slipping through my fingers on all kinds of things I didn’t need.
Then I realized that the money I was wasting contributed to my lousy eating habits and my weight issues. When I started tracking my weight, I could easily see where I was going wrong, where the extra pounds were coming from.
After I tracked the measurable things in my life, like money, time, and weight, I even started tracking things that couldn’t be measured easily but had a huge impact on my life: the people I allowed to be around me.
Were they successful? Were their habits good for me? Did they help me get closer to what I really wanted in life? Did they bring negativity and pessimism into my space?
When you start tracking and questioning what you’re bringing into your life, it becomes much easier to gain clarity about what you’re doing and where you’re going.
Since I started increasing my awareness of my life through tracking, things started to change for the better. More than that, I began to believe what was possible. When you change your mind about what’s possible, your entire life changes.
You’ll be surprised by what you learn about yourself when you start tracking as many things in your life as possible. And I guarantee you’ll start setting yourself up for fun!
Get the Nerve!