What should we measure versus what we actually measure?

What should we measure versus what we actually measure?

The challenge is that we can hide behind things that don’t matter nearly enough – certainly not as much as some other harder to measure and more difficult to improve metrics.

“See, my numbers have improved.”

Often what is convenient and measurable has the least impact.

Measuring my annual income doesn’t actually measure my happiness.

Measuring my body weight doesn’t measure my strength, cardio-vascular endurance, flexibility, or core.

Measuring my sense of peace and contentment, from a deep sense of contribution and balance, is challenging to quantify, but easy to feel a sense of accomplishment. Or not.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.


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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.