If you’re not tracking direction, speed, acceleration, resistance, you have no idea if what you’re doing will get you where you want to go.
To successfully get from point A to point B, whether it’s in the physical world, or the worlds of ideas, economics, politics or religion, you still need to know these.
- Direction – what your actions are actually achieving, the direction it is propelling someone in.
- Speed – how fast you are acting, how fast your actions are leading to responses.
- Acceleration – how much your speed is increasing over a set period of time
- Resistance – anything holding you back
If you’re in Texas and you want to get to Grandma’s house in Minnesota but your direction is taking you east to Florida, it doesn’t matter how fast you’re going–you’re not going to get there.
If you’re aimed in the right direction, but you’re going 5 MPH, you’re probably not going to get there “fast enough.”
If you’re going 5 MPH but you’re accelerating 5 MPH/sec, you might be fine in about 10-12 seconds (depending on which direction you’re pointing). (This is where movements are powerful: acceleration that doubles each time-segment starts slowly but ends up very fast–but you have to be measuring the acceleration.)
Resistance – if you’re going 60 MPH but you’re chained to the house, you’re just spinning your tires.
You can replace each of these examples with more real-world cases. If you’re not tracking any of this stuff, you’re flying blind, and the chances of you hitting your target are so nil as to be nonexistent.
There’s no sense setting a goal like “be at Grandma’s for Christmas” unless you’re tracking what it takes to get there, and adjusting behavior accordingly.