Continuous improvement

The great thing about continuous improvement is you are not expected to be perfect today.  As I have discussed many times before, goals are crucial to understand your current situation relative where you want to be.  The primary reason for setting a goal is to have something to work towards.  The continuous improvement piece is the work you are doing to get there.  There can be one over arching goal you are focused on with many mini goals or milestones along the way to help keep you on track.

Personal example of continuous improvement

There were years I went to the gym, played ice hockey, rock climbed, and so forth without any official goals set.  I do not find any issue in not having a set goal, but know by creating official goals to challenge myself with, I will push myself harder to be better.  In 2011-2012, I weighed about 160-165lb at the age of 25-26, which is roughly the same weight I was in high school.  I dropped 20lb since college from playing hockey 3 to 4 times per week and rock climbing 1 day per week.  I decided I wanted to bulk up and put on some more muscle.  I ended up slowing down on the hockey to a max of 1 day per week and stopped rock climbing.  I joined a local gym and lifted 4 to 5 times per week.

I ended up gaining 15-20lb in the next 9 to 12 months, putting me in the 185lb range.  A lot of people may wonder why I wanted to gain weight because most people are trying to lose weight.  Although the body mass index (BMI) says for someone at 5’9″, 165lb is within the normal range, I still do believe there are many body types.  According to the BMI scale, I would be over weight at anything above 169.2lb, which in my opinion is complete bologna.  Other factors should be taking into account like muscle versus fat.  I am now getting off track.  The point of this story is that this is a continuous improvement project I have been working on.  Gaining weight is one milestone achievement among many other milestones I would like to hit before reaching my overarching goal.  Even when I reach that large goal in mind, I will still have a long way to go because nobody is ever perfect.

Keep asking yourself what else you can improve on.  It could be financials, health – mental and/or physical, spiritual, emotional, and so on.  Quantitative data is always helpful in really holding yourself accountable.  If quantitative data is not possible, the second best thing is qualitative data.  Keep pushing yourself to those next levels and always continuously improve yourself and others around you.

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