Because what gets measured, gets managed.
If you’re measuring body weight, then you’re managing calories.
If you’re measuring will power, then you’re managing with a critical spirit.
If you’re measuring motivation, then you’re managing the outcome more than the effort.
If you’re measuring “fitness”, then you’re managing tough workouts.
If you’re measuring cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure, then you’re managing saturated fat, sugar and sodium consumption. (Even though fat, sugar and sodium don’t cause those things—See Kate Deering)
All of these forms of measuring success are associated with pain and why we don’t like them and therefore don’t work well.
Imagine measuring success in a whole new way…
Imagine measuring happiness by managing the quality of your relationships.
Imagine measuring portion control by managing the thoughts and emotions leading up to emotional eating.
Imagine measuring discipline by managing a balanced instead of extreme approach.
Imagine measuring self-worth by managing a spirit of compassion and more importantly, self-compassion.
Imagine measuring success by acknowledging you’re “not a body with a goal” but an individual, lead by a mind and driven by a spirit.
If you don’t satisfy all aspects of who you are, then you jeopardize both the sustainability and enjoyability of your efforts.