Have you taken up a new challenge lately?
Or perhaps it’s time to go back and review your New Year’s Resolutions?
Having a goal is great.
But what’s even better is tracking and measuring our progress regularly.
If we wait until the end of the year to check in on it, we’ll only face disappointment.
Which is why I’m a massive fan of 30 Day challenge as opposed to New Year’s Resolutions.
Taking up 30 day challenges throughout the months is the essence of living an intentional life I aspire to.
The challenge enables me to pay attention to all aspects of my life regularly and forge my life path consciously.
And these 4 self-evaluation questions help me ensure I’m on the right path.
But First, Some Tidbit …
Today is Day 50 since I started publishing a blog post every day.
And I want to show you an example of these “4 self-evaluation questions to review your progress” based on the past 50 days of my 100 Day Challenge.
I’m also planning to write a roundup post of all 50 blog posts tomorrow as my Day 51 post.
I thought a roundup post would fit since I’m halfway through the challenge.
So make sure you come back tomorrow and check it out and find out what my readers enjoy most.
♣ UPDATE: my 100 Day Challenge is complete now. You can read about them below, before, during and after the challenge in order.
- Why I Started My 100 Day Challenge
- Popular Blog Posts Roundup (Halfway Through My 100 Day Challenge)
- 10 Lessons I’ve Learned from 100 Day Challenge
Now let’s dive in to the today’s topic.
4 Self-Evaluation Questions to Measure Progress In Your Personal Goals
1. What Did You Learn from the 49 Days’ Achievement?
You can change 49 days according to the goal you’re assessing.
Say, you just completed a 30 day challenge. The question would be :
What did you learn from the 30 days’ achievement?
If you’re reviewing your day’s goal, week’s or month’s, you can replace it with “from today’s achievement or from this week’s achievement” and so on.
Here’s what I learned from my 49 days’ achievement.
I learned the importance of setting a goal and completing at least one important task each day.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there’s no goal-setting post on my blog, e.g. how to set a goal.
Because I was never a goal-setting person.
Suggesting things I was terrible at would make me feel like an imposter or a hypocrite.
As a spontaneous person, I used to hate rigid planning in everything.
But now I’m at the point where I can share a few things about goal setting as I became good at it.
So, another thing I learned is nothing is set in stone: we can always train ourselves to learn and adapt.
Assessing your progress under this question, you can write about anything.
The more the better.
2. What Steps did You Take to Make You Successful Today?
“Successful” here means you’ve achieved what you set out to achieve.
In his “The Strangest Secret”, Earl Nightingale defined successful people as below:
Success is the schoolteacher who’s teaching school because that’s what he or she wants to do. The success is the woman who’s a wife and mother because she wanted to become a wife and mother and is doing a good job of it.
– Earl Nightingale
I set out to publish a blog post for 100 days straight. I did for the past 49 days I’m reviewing now.
That makes me successful today.
The steps I took: starting off each day right.
As cliche as it may sound, I truly consider each day as a new opportunity and strive to make the most of it.
Starting off each day right sets the right tone for the rest of the day.
I drink lots of water throughout the day. I exercise every day. I make sure I have a sound sleep each night.
3. What are Some Different Strategies You could Have Used?
I write first thing in the morning.
But publishing a blog post gets left until late in the day because I keep tinkering.
So much so, during the past 49 days, I can count the days in one hand when I published a blog post before noon.
And I remember how good it felt to get the most important thing done before noon.
Different strategies I could’ve used is:
Publish my daily blog post before noon, spend the rest promoting, reading, learning and researching.
4. How did You Keep Going When Things Got Tough?
There comes a time when we want to abandon the goal and stop putting pressure on ourselves.
When temptation came:
No one will know. No one will care if you publish a blog post today.
I kept my eyes on the prize: the purpose of this blog.
My blog is a platform to share valuable life lessons I’ve learned. I made many mistakes, but they helped me become a better person today.
I want to spread wonderful messages that have enriched the quality of my life. I want to attract and connect with like-minded people.
I want to help others to live a happy, healthy and rich life. Encourage them to live life to the fullest.
All the while, I continue to learn and grow and in my small way, contribute to making the world a better place.
It’s a win-win for everyone.
I admit I’m having a constant battle over quality vs quantity since I started publishing every day.
You know, those ugly self-doubts and the uncertainty?
They never completely go away.
But one thing I know for sure is that had I not started this challenge, there wouldn’t be anything to evaluate, which guarantees to achieve… precisely nothing.
Our goal is the reason we wake up in the morning. It helps us focus, work hard, learn, improve and grow.
And these 4 self-evaluation questions provide us with an excellent overview of our progress and ensure we achieve our goal.
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