Statistics are funny things. I worked in sales for many years and one thing I learned for sure is, you can make numbers tell any story you want. With enough perspective and your bull-o-meter on full blast, you can spin silk from twine. Some people are under the mistaken belief that numbers are concrete and absolute. Not so fast. As we’ve seen recently from the woe-is-me-please-bail-us-out financial industry who then paid themselves multimillion dollar bonuses (is my opinion coming through here?!), there’s no such thing as a concrete number. It’s like nailing jello to a wall.
As manipulable as numbers can be, sometimes it’s the only way we can measure progress or success. Athletes use numbers all the time to evaluate their performance. Tackles, shots on goal, greens in regulation, field goals, batting averages. Most of these statistics deal with attempts to score. More attempts usually mean more success. But first you have to make the attempt.
I’ve been trying to write daily in this blog but have had mixed results. I just figured out my percentage of days written versus overall days. I’m at 29.4% for the year. Not so good if you ask me. Especially when I get daily updates from several blogs I subscribe to. Not good at all. I could go back and add postings to days gone by to beef up my stats but I’m choosing not to. That’s not how I want to be held accountable. I’m only accountable to myself but nonetheless I’m choosing to not go back. That’s not the way I roll these days. But I’m not really happy with my percentages. And figuring out how I’m pacing is a good way to reinforce my goals of daily posting. I won’t be able to achieve 100% this year, but I’m now more focused on increasing that percentage to a higher number. Maybe if I get my percentages up high enough, the Cubs could use me!