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What Are Your Benchmarks For Success?

There are only three ways to become more successful –

1) Do more right.
2) Make fewer repetitive mistakes or poor decisions.
3) Do both.

There is a surefire way to ensure your continued future success and that is to develop a variety of benchmarks along your life path. Keep in mind that each of these benchmarks can be a very positive process for the person who routinely examines their life decisions and actions. However, the problem is most people don’t. The vast majority of people just truck along not connecting today’s issues, challenges or problems with yesterday’s poor judgment, choices or behaviors.

If it isn't measured, it isn't happening. Establishing benchmarks in your life will guide you consistently toward your goals and desired life outcomes. Benchmarks can give you a number of critical advantages as you move from one day to the next on your journey. Just a few of these are:

1. Accountability.
2. Re-commitment.
3. Re-evaluation.
4. Proper direction.
5. A measuring device.
6. Renewed belief.
7. Growing passion.
8. Integrity of purpose.
9. A warning sign.

Lofty benefits? Maybe, but essential if you want to achieve any measure of continued future success while enjoying the success you achieve?

A benchmark can be analogous to the road signs you will see while driving on a long distance vacation to a part of the country you have never been too previously. They can be warning signals that something is amiss or that if you are not careful you may get lost. If you are not vigilant, you may never make it to your destination. Or you may many spend extra wasted hours looking for the right highway.

Here are a few benchmarks to consider as you continue your career, financial circumstances, relationships and life in general 2006.

1. What are you going to do differently this year to accelerate your progress?

2. What measurement guidelines do you have in place to ensure you are heading in the right direction?

3. What records do you need to keep to ensure you stay on track?

4. To whom can you give permission - to hold you accountable?

5. Do you have a plan B if plan A doesn't seem to be working?

6. Are you going to spend regular programmed time in reflection and re-evaluation?

7. Do you know where you want to go and WHY?

8. Do you know what you will do when you get there?

9. Have you a continued personal and career development plan in place for the year.

10. Have you a stack of books on your desk that you want to read or re-read this year?

11. Do you know which skills you want or need to improve?

12. Do you have a plan for improving your network of advocates and people who can help you succeed?

13. Do you have a strategy for expanding your interests and abilities in general?

14. Have you started your personal journal yet? Or are you writing in it every day?

15. Do you have a specific financial wealth plan in place? Are you following it?

I suggest you ponder some of the questions that you feel relate specifically to you and your life. Why not see if you can come up with a few more questions to ask yourself.

I believe that regularly measuring activity and learning which activities generate the greatest degree of success with the least amount of pain and stress is one of the best ways to ensure that the time and effort you put into your career, business or life will yield outstanding positive outcomes. Creating benchmarks or points of reference is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

Tim Connor, CSP is an internationally renowned sales, relationship, management and leadership speaker, trainer and best selling author. Since 1981 he has given over 3500 presentations in 21 countries on a variety of sales, management and relationship topics. He is the best selling author of over 60 books including; Soft Sell, That’s Life, Peace Of Mind and The Male Gift Giving Survival Guide. He can be reached at, 704-895-1230 or visit his website at