Moving Forward by Measuring Your Results Backwards

On the 4 hour drive home from D.C. after being at Yanik Silver’s Underground 7 event, I spent a lot of time mulling over the one day training we spent with Dan Sullivan of www.StrategicCoach.com He gave us SO MUCH valuable information, there’s no way I can tell you everything here in this post.  The one thing that really stuck with me is his whole process of the 21 Day Positive Focus exercise. I do something similar to this now, but this took what I do and put it on steroids. Let me explain…

The whole philosophy is that we won’t have a huge amount of forward motion, unless we’re measuring our results backwards. In other words, you need to keep track of all the things you’ve been doing yesterday and the day before, and the day before, and making note of them.  Doing this will set you up for success and enable you to move forward.

There’s a simple exercise you can do right now and it takes 21 days because, as you might know, it takes 21 days for a practice to become habit.  And as a result of doing this exercise, it totally builds your confidence level and helps you focus on the positives. A cool thing about this is you can use it with your kids too, I loved that!

Here’s all you need to do:

Before you go to bed each night, simply write down three things that you were the most proud of that you accomplished, or the three things that made you feel good, like the photo of this rabbit taking time to smell the flowers.

Here’s an example from what I wrote last night:

  1. Signed up a sponsor to Alex Mandossian’s Ultimate Internet Bootcamp 2.0 in Las Vegas
  2. Created a killer Marketing Roadmap for a top client
  3. Took a nice hike in the woods with my rescue dog, Lily

So I think you get the picture; you can mix work with family and self-care things that you do too – whatever works.  Then as you write these down, read them and have a clear vision and intention for the next day and what will make a positive impact for you and for those you come in contact with.

I would encourage you to do this for 21 days, it will help protect and increase your confidence. By focusing on what you’ve done, your accomplishments (or things that improved your outlook, your mental, emotional and physical health), however small or big, you’re setting yourself up for success and will move forward!

Don’t dwell on the mistakes and things that made you feel bad. If you must, write those down only to get rid of them and NOT to think about them again. Here’s some extra credit – if you must dwell on your mistakes and disappointments (which I wouldn’t encourage), write down the lesson you learned from it and how you will improve and make changes for much success next time.

Let me know how you do in keeping track of your positive focus, I’d love to hear from you!

 

One Response to Moving Forward by Measuring Your Results Backwards

  1. Shannon,

    I love that idea. I’ll start today and let you know in 21 days how it’s working.

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