As we approach the end of 2015, I’m starting to take stock of the last 6 months. When I was a lecturer in management, I used to quote Peter Drucker’s line, “What gets measured gets done”.
If you’re not measuring your progress then how do you know if you’re making any? Monitoring can be subjective / qualitative (how you feel or how you think you look in the mirror) or it can be objective /quantitative (how much you weigh / dress size / how many reps you can do / how much you can lift) or somewhere in between (e.g. progress pictures). It doesn’t really matter which you use, as long as you can evaluate where you are compared to where you were. Below is my progress in the squat.
Before making any New Year’s resolutions, it’s a good idea to start with the first question in any strategy formulation process, “Where are we now?”
We can apply a corporate strategy process to fitness:
- Where are we now? (Measure / Evaluate)
- Where do we want to be? (Goal setting)
- How are we going to get there? (Training plan)
- How will we know when we’ve arrived? (Measure)
So, before you set your New Year’s fitness resolutions for next year, spend the holiday period reflecting on 2015 and evaluating where you are. If for no other reason than it’s a great feeling to look back and see how far you’ve come.
Wishing you health, fitness, happiness and success in 2016.