It’s Not What the Numbers Say – It’s What You Hear

It’s easy to get caught up in numbers, and measurements. You measure your growth or any deficiencies against numbers. However exactly what you’re measuring against can be just as important as what you’re measuring.

Don’t try to measure yourself or your accomplishments by using someone else’s yardstick. Use your own. Just because it’s called a “yardstick” doesn’t mean it’s held against a standard residing at some National Measurements Institute.

Problem for many of us when using these mental yardsticks is we’ll unwittingly (and sometimes intentionally) lengthen the stick or shorten it based on emotion. We’ll put more emphasis on what we think was harder based on our prism, while at the same time see other milestones as smaller or more easily accomplished when in reality those might have been the hardest.

It’s a never-ending labyrinth for financial freedom if all you say repeatedly is “you want to earn a million dollars,” yet have no real idea of exactly what you would do with it. What good is worrying about how one would go about obtaining it if you could have everything you wanted in life for half, or a quarter, or even less. What if a million wasn’t enough? Make sure you know the numbers.

If you’re going to be in charge of your own life then you want to make sure when you compare yourself on any image of ‘measuring up” that you use numbers that speak to you honestly. Not some arbitrary number you pull out of thin air because it sounds good.

Just because you hear a number that sounds “rich” doesn’t actually guarantee it adds up. Bigger numbers can imply bigger headaches if not careful.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with setting a goal where the number has only 1 zero or has 6 or more. It’s in the knowing how many that needs to be calculated and measured against.

After all what good is chasing and worrying about trying to acquire a forest in order to supply the wood for a building project when if you had done your measuring and calculations you found all you needed was available at the local hardware store.

“Measure twice cut once” is a metaphor that can be used in life just as effectively. Knowing where your measurements are is just as important as fitting the pieces together. Done correctly and it all comes together seamlessly.

Spending time, worry, and effort in trying to acquire more materials than what’s needed is just as foolish as getting close to completion only to realize you don’t have enough.

Knowing what you need and why should be all you concentrate on hearing.

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr