It can be tempting to try to quantify the outcomes of this pattern by asking questions such as: How much meaning do I have in my life on a scale of 1 to 10?
However, it’s important to measure the pattern of progressive realization—Thom’s term for self-discovery—on a relative scale, keeping in mind where you began and how far you have come.
True progress comes from having a fully defined and applied life purpose based on your innate gift, which cannot be counted or objectively quantified. But it can be subjectively observed. The key takeaway when it comes to measuring the outcomes of progressive realization is to focus on the object.
Reflect upon what changes you have observed in the way you approach opportunities; how you identify opportunities that come to you without much effort and how you have ignored them in the past.
Think about your connection to Divine Intent and where the energy in your life is coming from. Consider how often you use your innate gift. What do you know about yourself today that you did not know, say, three months ago?
Progressive realization is a fullness concept, not an arrival concept. Asking the right questions is central to Thom’s work, and this case is no different. In order to measure the level of fullness in your life or business, you need to ask yourself meaningful questions such as: Am I using the full scale of my gift in all the components of my life? Are we using the competencies of our organization to their full extent to satisfy our customers? What have I discovered about myself today that I had not discovered about myself 90 days ago? A year ago? What am I to people today that I wasn’t then?
Nurse, Author, Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul.