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Why it is Important to Measure Your Progress

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unknown

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

 

You have to measure what you want more of” – Charles Coonradt. Self-improvement takes a lot of hard work. Writing, being productive, managing your finances and improving your social life, all of these
pursuits take a great deal of energy and time. They can also be a little overwhelming and they all need to be measured to ascertain your progress.

Life is not static, it is dynamic. Things are always in motion. Life dictates that we grow and that all growth is from inside. Change is inevitable. The things we used to do five years ago cannot be done today. What was fashionable a few years ago is no longer fashionable now. This therefore, demands that you measure your progress every step of the way, if you have to keep up with life. Many of us have remained behind and are just moving with the wind. They say time waits for no one.

If you want to succeed you need to develop habits that will help you achieve your objectives. Now, I would not consider my self as  successful, but I know that am on the right track and path. Although, I still remain a very much work in progress in many aspects of my life I equally have made great success in some other aspects of which am very happy and proud of. It is very important that we learn how to measure and monitor our progression in life. In doing so we must also bear in mind that we are living our own race and are not in competition with anyone. This is very important.

Many of the times, people end up taking short cuts and find themselves in an wanted situations. It is not good to cut corners in life. One of the people I was privileged to have met and I thank God for bringing him in my life, was an engineer. I met this man for a few years but oh the wisdom he shared with me was very valuable. He became a father like figure to me even though we met on a professional level. The man always used to encourage me to do the right things and never cut corners because life has a way of catching up.

He shared with me his personal life experiences and you could see that even in his advanced age he had nothing to hide. From him I learnt that those who live to enjoy life are those who do the right the things all the time, even when it is not fashionable amongst their peers.

If you have to be successful at what ever you do, it is very important that you learn how to measure your progress. Knowing how to measure ones progress in life is one of the yards sticks of achieving your goals. This however, is not taught in schools. Yet, measuring progress is the norm at school and often times the teacher will give you a test. The purpose of the examination is to gauge the progress of the learners. It even gets worse when you attend tertiary institutions were you cannot proceed to the next semester without passing exams.

I believe that we need to change our educational system to start teaching learners how to be successful and not just for the sake of acquiring knowledge. Success principles must be included as put of our school curriculum. “Success has always been easy to measure. It’s the distance between one’s origins and one’s final achievement” – Michael Korda.

With the demands of life what has helped me greatly is to know how to measure my progress. Measuring my progress has more benefits in helping me be the right track. It helps me to be more efficient on my productivity; am more organised as I keep reviewing my performances regularly; I get more and more organised. Right now I have become a little more efficient on my article writing because I jot down my ideas as they pop up. This efficiency is largely due to reviewing my progress on a regular basis.

If you critically think about it. Your natural inclination is always to improve. How then do you know where you are going without keeping score of your progress? If you were to keep a scoresheet on the five things that would advance your personal and professional objectives the most, imagine how motivated you would be each time the numbers improved in your favour.

Conclusion

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided” – Tony Robbins. Decide where you need to keep score in order to manifest your vision and achieve your goals. Make sure to keep measuring your progress in all the areas of your life.

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Take Stock of Your Achievements

Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unknown

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

 

The year is slowing but surely drifting away. I thought to write and remind you of the past periods achievements if any and take stock of them.

I believe that this is one of the best ways of making prudent judgments of ourselves. What have you achieved so far out of your current period’s resolutions?

Sometime ago I thought making resolutions was a share waste of time. Believe me I was absolutely wrong and truly regret that thought.

Now for the past few years I have made it a point to always make resolutions at the beginning of every year. This has become a cardinal part of my life.

This you should train yourself to do if you are to achieve your intended purpose in life, resolutions are basically intentions that are fused into plans and planing is a cardinal part to achieving your intended purpose in life.

I encourage you make reasonable and attainable resolutions for yourself.

Monitoring Your Progress

First things first you will need to have a clearly defined and definite purpose for your life written down. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.

The yardstick to achieving your desired purpose in life is to give yourself yearly targets (resolutions) broken down into quarterly, monthly or and weekly targets.

This will help you review them on a regular basis. I believe that planning is an integral part to attaining your purpose and I know that plans can be reviewed, amended and modified accordingly? Do not hesitate to modify one or two of your bench marks.

Taking Stock

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To take stock you will need to have things. Example if you set out to count the number of eggs left in a tray you will need to have had eggs in place.

That is exactly same with us. To take stock of your achievements, you need to have targets that are achievable and measurable in place.

Check your targets for specifics say your goal for the year was to read 36 books. Have you achieved this target; if not how far are you from achieving your target; what impediments are you facing from being on track?

Write down your results i.e your answers to every goal you had set out. Give yourself a score of 1-10 honesty is key here. 1 for poor and 10 for excellent results.

Review your results fairly giving a comment on each answer including the ones were you scored high. Be very honest with yourself. Remember we are to account for all our abilities including the weak ones.

Make an analysis of your results especially how you can improve on the below average scores. If need be, change your approach in the coming year/period.

Remember to always write down what you intend to improve on. Give your previous year’s resolutions to someone who knows you better for an independent assessment.

Although I strongly recommend that their opinion should be taken with caution. Ultimately you are the best judge when it comes to knowing yourself.

Also take note of the ones on which you scored high, I believe that there is always room for improvement. You will need them to consolidate on your way to achieving your definite purpose in life.

Give yourself a pat on the back for the achievements good or bad. At least you have started moving somewhere. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP.

Next Period’s Resolutions

Why do you want to make resolutions for the coming period? My answer is to help me in the planning of how I can move closer to achieving the defined purpose for my life.

The resolutions will act as a meter or gauge I can use towards attainment of my life’s intended purpose.

After analysing and summing up last year’s achievements set out and plan for next year or the coming period. Write down specific targets with a specified time frame.

Remember to incorporate last years failed targets into the current ones. This will help to making you work even harder as you will now be carrying a back log. Over your stronger abilities demand even more so as to consolidate on them.

Be very realistic to give yourself attainable targets as this will keep you confident and motivated every time you achieve them.

Break down your yearly targets say to quarterly, monthly etc, and ensure that you set periodical reviews.

If you feel you need to adjust please do not hesitate to do so keep in mind that you are not competing with any one. You are only pushing yourself to achieving your intended defined purpose in life.

After putting down your plans for the year, set out and commit them to Gods hands for direction. God will surely come through for you if you call on him. He is a faithful God.

Conclusion

In your endeavors to achieving your defined purpose always put your creator first, he has the blue print of your existence.

Persistence and patience should be your driving force to achieving your desired purpose in life. Lastly HAVE FAITH IN WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Good luck. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted” in everything that you do. Revised on 31/05/2021.

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