How do you know when your mindset or mental health work is working? 🤔
This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot over the past week.
They’re both things I’ve put SO much time, energy, and attention into improving over the past 3 years.
They’re also both very amorphous, blobby things that are hard to measure. 🙃
For someone as obsessed with celebrating regular progress as me, that’s annoying. ¯\(ツ)/¯
In terms of the big picture, it’s easy to see the progress I’ve made from 2017 to now. I don’t have daily panic attacks, my heart rate is lower, and I have an appetite again.
But in terms of the every day view, it’s hard to see progress I’ve made from, say, 3 months ago to now.
So during a recent daily brainstorming sesh, I decided to try to come up with some “mindset KPIs” for me and my own situation.
Because yes, you CAN and SHOULD systemize self-care! 🙌
These mindset KPIs are small ways I can tell I’m doing better than I was a few months ago.
- I find myself randomly smiling more. 😀
- I sing and dance along to the music I’m listening to more. 💃
- I fall asleep without having to braindump things into my bedside notebook. 😴
- I send Alex and my friends more silly and random messages. 😝
- I might feel the desire to work more after I’ve finished my daily to-do list, but don’t feel stressed or pressured to do so. (And I don’t “push through” anyway anymore.)
Those are the top 5 I ended up thinking of.
They may or may not apply to your mindset too, but I want you to take the idea and apply it to yourself.
Working on yourself becomes easier when you’re celebrating yourself (this is a key principle of the Happy Habits framework).
And celebrating yourself feels way more genuine when you have REAL, tangible progress to celebrate.
That’s why we need lists like these, of tangible things you can celebrate. 🎉
What would be on your own?