I don’t find games very engaging without keeping score. My kids are the same way. Once we inject some kind of scoring, it becomes much more fun, and the focus and intensity go up right away.
We’ve had decades of socializing trying to tell us otherwise, but I don’t see that working much for desperate and scared adults who bought the lie. And those people who told them scores don’t matter, aren’t around anymore.
When you have to survive, meet goals, provide for others or make your vision happen, you have to keep score. How in the world would you know how you are doing if you left it to an ambiguous feeling of doing well?
If you are serious about success and getting results, you have to know your score every day.
Your brain is a problem solving machine. When it sees a void, it wants to fill it. When you compare your goal and your score today, there will be a gap. That’s ok. We are always walking around with the gap between our present reality and our future desire.
The important thing is that your mind is aware of where you are at today and simultaneously sees what you want down the road, so it can begin working on that gap.
Numbers are easy to see these days. You have a ridiculous amount of technology that feeds you information daily. Your:
- Bank account balance
- Current monthly sales
- Pipeline of opportunities
- Expenses and cash flow
- Deals you are working
Every morning, look at these numbers. Automate your Google Chrome or browser to open separate tabs upon opening so you have to look at the score on each of these numbers. See where you are, and compare it to the number you are shooting for.
You can also build a Google Sheet to keep track over time by updating your numbers. When you keep score, you are focused on winning.
Yes, some days can be discouraging when you have a big gap. But it’s far better to know where you are at and where you want to be than not know.
Think about getting concrete and building your own scorecard. You can simply:
- Figure out where you want to be in three months or six months. Quantify every goal.
- Put those numbers in a Google Sheet.
- Every day, update your current numbers. Let the Sheet calculate your gap by percentage or amount.
This daily habit can take a few minutes every day. It gets your heart and mind focused on the game. And you are in a game. It’s called life.
I like getting my goals. I’ve seen plenty of unhappy people who insist they can be random and laissez faire. No thanks.
Reality has a way of keeping score whether we acknowledge it or not. If you care about yourself and getting results, keep score daily. You will be giving yourself a gift.