- Looking at your data shows how you’re trending. If you have a goal in mind, such as losing twenty pounds, you need to know how you’re doing. This can only happen if you are committed to collecting data every day, and watching how the data changes. If you’re getting closer to your goal, you’ll see your weight drop over time.
- Not taking data can trick you into thinking we’re on track. It’s far easier to convince yourself you are on track if there is nothing to counter you. However, in science, data is king. If you’re serious about achieving your goal, then you’ll be happy to collect data on yourself to know you’ll get there.
- It works for anything. Keeping track of your weight is an easy example, but it truly helps with any goal you set for yourself. Collecting data on yourself is good for your personal development and growth. It can also work for your business (keeping track of new customer contacts and new sales) and even for your community (funds raised for local charities or scholarships for worthy students). It even works for gaining a general understanding of how the world works, which is the ultimate goal of science.
- It keeps you honest. You can’t fool the data. If your goal is to lose twenty pounds and you haven’t lost a single pound for an entire week, you know that you haven’t made progress. The data will tell you that something needs to change, and you can make that change to keep you moving forward. Keeping on track requires you to be honest with yourself, and collecting data on yourself helps you do just that.
- You learn more about yourself. As you collect your own data and take a look at how you’re doing, you’ll learn new things about yourself. Am I focused enough on my goals? Is it getting any easier? What can I do to acheive my goals faster? Can I even set a new goal, surpassing what I first thought I could achieve?
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