I put a countless number of status reports together for work. Sharing progress with everyone was so important. However, it never dawned on me to do one for myself. That’s the most valuable status report I’ve ever prepared. By putting your own progress down on paper, you gain awareness on where you’re at and get empowered to do something about it.

I love the wisdom from this quote from Michelangelo.

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it’s too low and we reach it. ” 

What I learned back then was that I didn’t even know what my aim was so how could it even be low. It was potluck which is dangerous. I could lay out all the milestones for my most recent project and not for my own self. Wow! That’s a humbling discovery.

I care that you’re awareness grows of where you’re at. That your aims are high and give you lots of positive energy. So, here’s a simple practice that literally takes minutes.

I encourage you to do this right now. You’ll thank your future self for this later.

 

4-Step Process for Greater Personal Awareness

Step 1

Find a piece of paper. A journal is a bonus as you can keep a better record for progress.

Write down these 5 categories on the left-hand side of the sheet.

  1. Personal Development
  2. Family and Relationships
  3. Finance and Career
  4. Health and Fitness
  5. Other

Step 2

Rate how satisfied you are you with each category on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being low and 10 being high).

Step 3

Write down the reason you gave yourself that score.

Step 4

Look at all the categories and assess which category would benefit all the others if you shifted your rating for it up by one point. Then, lay out 3 ways you can move forward to that higher rating.

 

Personal Example

To give you a sense for how this works, I’m sharing my own “personal status report” from almost 3 years ago.

This at one time would be super embarrassing to share. Now, I see it for what it is.

Date – January 1, 2013

Personal Development – 3/10

Overworked – devoting too much time, quit learning french and doing crafts

Family and Relationship – 2/10

Very unconnected to my sister, limited communications with my parents and husband, not enough time with friends

Finance and Career – 5/10

Work too much of a priority, satisfying work, good team, money is very good

Health and Fitness – 5/10

Consistently active, more yoga, need more focus on mental and spiritual development

Other – 2/10

Not enough time focused here, Durga puja experience very good

 

In Summary

Getting clarity on where you’re at is a short exercise. From that, you can consciously set aims and move yourself forward. This also gives you a great heads up on how you’re managing your own balance.

It’s possible for big change to happen fast. Look at my experience. This is what awareness did for me. I did this exercise about 3 years ago. I can share that I’ve been in the 8+ range for these categories now consistently for the past 2 years. 

I’d love to see what is one way you can move yourself forward. Please share in the comments. It’s inspiring for us all to see and know that we’re not alone on this journey.

Merci xo