Do You Know Your Baseline?

Peggy Walker Barnes
Simply Living with Peggy Walker Barnes

“Take pride in how far you’ve come, have faith in how far you can go” ~ Author Unknown ~

I was in a meeting about Social Media and the speaker was talking about having a baseline. Beginning that day, I needed to write down how many Twitter followers I had, how many people like my Facebook pages and how many Blog followers I had. Knowing these numbers today and comparing them to the same time next year allows me to know how much my business and social media presence has grown.

When I was 40, I had to have a mammogram so the radiologist would be able to see if there were changes from one year to the next. When you are in 3rd grade you take a test at the beginning of the year and the same test at the end of the year to see what you have learned. How do you know if you’ve achieved anything if you don’t have a baseline?

I am constantly reminding my organizing and life coach clients to remember where they came from – what was their baseline. I remind them to look at how much they have accomplished instead of always looking at how much work, organizing, and changing they have left to do. I remind them to give themselves some grace.

Many of my clients have forgotten the reality of what their life used to look like. When you forget, you end up not giving yourself any credit for your accomplishments, only grief at not reaching your goals.

Take a baseline today of where you are in your life. If need be, write it down, take pictures, whatever you have to do to remind yourself of your starting point. Then take the time to write down where you want to go. You can eventually look back and see how far you’ve come while at the same time continuing to “have faith in how far you can go!”

By Simply Living Contributing Author, Peggy Barnes, Keep It Simple Girl™