The Power of Keeping Score
There is power in numbers.
Athletes continue to improve, by competing against some type of scoring system. Studies have confirmed that scoring heightens mental concentration and improves creativity. In Atomic Productivity your score competes against weakness, obstacles, and mediocrity.
As Vince Lombardi was known to say, “Leaders are made – they are not born.” It’s about leading the progress and growth in our own life experiences.
Working against time on a clock or keeping a tally helps us mentally squeeze the best out of our abilities. Measurement inspires transformation. When an individual keeps score, the score improves. When we are held accountable to that score, it will inspire us to focus more intently on our goals and objectives.
Keeping count of significant activities provides for the transformation of self around personal skills, habits and performance.
There’s a natural scoreboard that exists in our head that keeps us progressively pushing ourselves to equal or better our previous score. We reach a little further into our potential when we recommit to another series of attempts, routines, or activities.
Even playing a simple game of catch often becomes a game of numbers and our sense of achievement is directly related to improving the number of catches between drops. Tracking our numbers helps us increase our level concentration, adds emotion to the task and improves our previous performance.
When we tally numbers and explain them to others, it goes deep inside our subconscious. It directly affects effort. What happens is that most of the time our scores will continue to improve. When the score improves our performance improves. When our performance improves our results improve. When our results improve our goals are progressively achieved!
This simple but powerful principle is the key element to personal transformation and progressive achievement.
Let’s address the research of Werner Heisenberg. He was a Nobel Prize winning physicist whose field of science is something called Quantum Physics. This is a branch of science that deals with indivisible units of energy called quanta. Heisenberg’s mission was to explain what is called Quantum Theory.
The essence of what Mr. Heisenberg and his team were known for was their attempt to measure the movement and velocity of atomic particles. They reasoned that there was “an exchange of energy” when any measurement of atoms occurred.
How this relates to personal achievement is profound. By scoring critical activities associated with our goals, we will “better our behavior” on the actions that will make the greatest impact on results. Also, when we stay focused on the numbers, we are less likely to be thrown off track by life’s distractions.
The object of the game is to progressively improve our score over a period, as we discover how to better integrate these activities or behavior patterns into our personal and professional life.
Gradual improvements take place. Goals are progressively achieved.
Measurement creates management. As a rule, this refers to high pay-off activity identified through the Power Lines. We measure PACs based on relevant real-time data.
We can make major or minor adjustments based on how well our results match our intentions. The rationale is to organize strategic shifts to problem solve and make weekly progress. The results justify accountability.
You can’t manage what you don’t measure.
Measure absolutely everything that’s tractable with numbers, no matter how mundane you may think it may be.
When you measure based on relevant real-time data you can make major or minor adjustments for immediate results, strategic shifts happen instantly, and you can justify accountability.