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If you could measure your success, would you say it’s a teaspoon, tablespoon, cup, quart, or gallon? Are you thinking that’s a weird way to measure success? Try it anyway. Close your eyes, ask yourself the question again, and feel for the answer. What was the first thought that came to mind? Did you think about your personal growth, professional progress, or spiritual development? How successful were you?

Now, think about your long-term goal — the goal you’ve set for yourself in the same category. Have you accomplished the goal? Are you moving in the right direction? Are you almost there, or not even close?

This exercise causes most people to think about a specific area of their lives and then measure it. The first area of your life that comes to your mind is your priority. Use the following table as an example, taking your own measurements.

Personal Growth Professional Progress Spiritual Development
Cup X
Quart X
Gallon X

The next exercise, which requires a yes or no, measures what you’ve accomplished against what you said you wanted to accomplish. It’s easier to measure, but a more difficult pill to swallow if you’re not where you expected to be in life. Again, use the example and fill in your own goals and answers.

My Goals Yes No
Personal Growth Goal: To work on myself daily to become a kind, loving human being by showing patience toward others and myself X
Professional Progress Goal: To become a senior vice president by age 40 X
Spiritual Development Goal: To increase my compassion toward others by volunteering for three events per year that provide direct contact with people in need of food, clothing, or shelter X

As you can see in these examples, the individual thought about her professional success, first measuring it at a gallon, only to realize that her professional goal had not been met. Interestingly, she measured her personal and spiritual life at a cup and a quart, respectively, but then found that she was actively satisfying those goals.

What you’re likely to notice is that you’ve excelled in different areas of your life. This may have caused you to miss a target in one area, but we hope it has resulted in a more delightfully balanced life.

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S. Renee Smith is a renowned self-esteem and branding expert, speaker, author, and resource to the media. Her expertise in personal and professional development and ability to inspire others to make positive, permanent changes has made her a sought-after consultant and speaker to Fortune 500 corporations, universities, government and nonprofit agencies, and churches. Vivian Harte has taught assertiveness skills online to over 10,000 students worldwide. She has 14 years of experience teaching in the classroom at Pima Community College and the University of Phoenix. She also hosted her own radio and television shows for many years in Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, and Tucson.

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