Not often enough, I am embarrassed to admit. It is a good habit I kept in my earlier years…but have not kept up the habit.
Do you know how to take inventory of your life?
If not, I have a great tool to recommend to you. It is called “Personal Stewardship Inventory” and is produced by Management Development Associates (email them at firstname.lastname@example.org). It is a simple chart that provide descriptions and numerical ratings for 15 different areas of your life. They suggest a re-evaluation every 6 months to see if you are improving in those areas you have chosen for personal development.
Here is an example. How is your INTEGRITY?
- Level 1 (Evident Deficiencies) – I have a tendency to stretch or misrepresent the truth in order to look good to others
- Level 2 (Minimal Effort Being Applied)- I try to be honest with myself and in my business dealings with others
- Level 3 (Exceptional) – I keep my word and tell the truth even if it costs or embarrasses me
- Level 4 (Clearly Outstanding) – My family, closest friends, and business acquaintances would view me as a person who is above reproach in by my actions and my words.
I encourage you to use this (or any other assessment tool) to take a close examination of your life on a regular basis. Remember:
“What gets measured gets done.” (Tom Peters, management consultant, author of In Search of Excellence: Lessons From America’s Best-Run Companies)
Thanks for listening.