For 2022, Let's Measure the Gain


As the year end approaches, to inspire myself, I have been taking some time to reflect on 2021, and to anticipate 2022.  You may be doing that too.  One question you may be asking yourself is: How can you keep that feeling of inspiration going this year?

A book that I listened to earlier this year, and that I recommend for you to read or listen to as well, is The Gap and The Gain: The High Achievers Guide to Happiness, Confidence and Success by Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy. 

The key idea of this book is to consider switching your mental perspective on how you measure your progress.

Most of us are conditioned to measure our progress using “the gap,” which is the difference between where we are now and our ideal future self. The problem is that your future self is like the horizon or the end of the rainbow – as you walk towards it, it keeps moving further away. Since you can never fully close the gap, you set yourself up to experience negative feelings of frustration, failure, disappointment, lowered self-esteem, guilt, or depression.

Dan Sullivan teaches a healthier approach to this. Measure your progress on any given day, week, or month versus where you started, i.e., “the gain.” To measure the gain for 2022, first write down where you are now, at the beginning of 2022, and measure your progress from here as the weeks and months go by. The practice of measuring the gain will lead you to experiencing more positive feelings of success, satisfaction, confidence, higher self-esteem, enjoyment, and optimism.

Here is my suggestion for you to consider in your new year’s reflection exercise for 2021 and 2022.

  1. Remember where you started in 2021 and reflect on the progress you made this year. Now celebrate your wins from this year!!!
  2. Write down where you are now, your starting point for 2022, so you can measure progress in 2022 using the gain instead of the gap.
  3. Visualize your inspiring future self at the end of 2022 and set goals.
  4. During the year, measure your progress versus your starting point.
  5. Celebrate your wins and gains throughout the year!

May you fully experience the joy of the gain, and a happy, successful, and prosperous 2022!

Tom Teague, President