Lead measures are forward, predictive and proactive to what we should do daily to hit our goals.
When we want to hit our goals most of us get into the habit of waiting and reacting to our lag measures.
Lag measures is what has already happened. From this you can get figures and statistics to how well you’ve done and what you have achieved and accomplished. They are usually beyond your control as they have already happened, so you can only be reactive to whatever your goals are.
For example, you want to lose 12 kilograms in 6 months. So the lag measure would be the final result in 3 months, and at the same time we can assume 12 kgs will be the outcome. We might want to break it down to 2 kg a month which is about 500 grams a week. So we know if we hit 500 grams a week we’re on track to hitting our goals. Again this is still lagging because until we reach the end of the week we can’t see our progress or what we have done. And breaking it down daily isn’t going to be any different for thinking of breaking it down further.
The results in some way beyond our control. Because if we lost only 400 grams the previous week, we will now need to be reactive to the fact that we need to work harder to get hit 600 grams this week.
Lead measures are more controllable. As by controlling the lead measure we can potentially have better control of our results. So what’s a lead measure? Well it’s something actionable that you can actually do before you get to the outcome you want. So with our losing weight example, a lead measure could be control our diet to 1200 Calories a day, it could be go to the gym 4 times a week. These are measures we can actually keep track of and have 100% control over.
You’re lead measures will predict your lag measures. Because with lead measures you have to be proactive about it. It’s something you know that you have to do daily or weekly, and failing to achieve these results you’ll surely fail your lag results which will then lead to failure of your goals.
So think about your goals.
What do you want to achieve?
What are your lead measures?
What do you have control over?
What can you do that’s proactive and predictive to getting the results you want.