One thing I know for sure is that if you keep score, you do more. I have heard my mentors repeat it time and time again. This concept can be applied to various areas of my life; fitness and health, coaching my team in the salon, parenting, and my own personal finances. There is one rule that I learned the hard way, try to focus on your own personal best. Stay in your lane. There is a reason race horses are forced to wear blinders, to keep them from being distracted by what is going on around them, to keep their focus forward. Try solely focusing on improving what your personal best is, instead of competing with those around you. Focusing on someone else’s success as “the standard” can either diminish the celebration of me hitting my own record, or even worse, create a ceiling that stops me once I have reached that standard. When educating new hairstylists, I often use the phrase, “My finish line, is just your starting line. We are running on the same track. But in different races.” Side note- I’d be thrilled if these young people crushed my ceiling.
You can study successful people at the top of any career or sport, they are keeping score to do more. Olympic athletes like Usain Bolt keep track of their best times and are always trying to improve upon it. Imagine if he trained without clocking his time. I doubt he’d hold 8 gold medals.
At Scisters, one of my favorite ways that we keep score is by knowing our Best Day Ever. We keep track of our most profitable days, and each time a member of the team surpasses their own best, we celebrate it. If we didn’t know our numbers, we wouldn’t know if we were continuously developing, which happens to be one of our core values. No matter what you are working towards, in order to grow, you must know your own personal best. My final word is that if something is important to you, keep score, and have a crew around you whom celebrates your successes.
So what are you currently keeping score of? What was your best day ever?