The Mighty Impact of Small Steps

Published on November 2, 2002

The Weight Watchers diet revolves around a point system. Depending on whether or not you are a male or female, you are allotted a certain amount of points each day. Each food type is rated in terms of points. People simply have to count their points on a daily basis. Each day, you know whether or not you are on target or off on a wild goose chase. (Note: In this case, wild goose chases may be tasty, but often come with consequences.)

One of the reasons this diet is so successful is it offers the participant a simple way of measuring results every day. You don’t have to weigh yourself. Just follow the point system and you will see the results.

Establishing a measurement system to rate your level of activity/productivity is crucial. The measurement system should be broken down into as small a time period as possible. If you know at the end of a day or a week that you are behind, you have a lot more time left to make up your deficiency than if you waited a month to measure your activity/productivity.

Keeping score in small time periods also helps keep up the motivation. Every time you hit a target, you feel energized by the accomplishment. Hitting targets every day becomes contagious and provides a positive environment from which to operate.

Have you identified the levels of activity/productivity and set up a measurement system to track your results? It is critical to get to your next level of success. If not, you may want to get started on this. With a new year coming up, this is a great exercise to get involved with. It can be the difference between having a good year and having a great year. Once again, it’s the little things that count!!!

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