MVP: Don’t confuse the indicator for the outcome.
Today, I turn sixty!
It has taken me several months to be at peace with that large number, but why?
Sixty years is a measure, not an outcome.
It does not provide any insight into the quality of my life, the impact I have had on others, or my own state of health and happiness.
Nor does 60 say much about what I can expect in the future.
Sixty is just a number.
So are reading test scores. And sales. And even profits.
And yet those numbers have disproportionate impacts on the work we do and how we do it.
We have a propensity for confusing the desired outcome with the measurement:
To be clear, the numbers are relevant.
However, when we focus on the measure, instead of the actual outcome, we miss the mark.
Today’s intention: As you work towards a goal, think about your desired result. Are you working towards a meaningful outcome, or towards the measure of the outcome.