Assess = to determine the merit, importance, or value of; to make a judgment about something, such as a situation or the condition of something.
Don't assume when you can know
Progress—toward a goal or self-improvement—requires clarity from assessments about (1) where you stand today, (2) where you want to be tomorrow (the point at which you’ve reached your goal), and (3) how you will bridge the gap between those points.
How we direct our lives begins with our assessments and decisions about situations, others, and ourselves. So, assess, and assess wisely.
We want to improve, but what does that mean? What we know for certain is this: we must assess.
Without the benefit of information that could enlighten you about your efforts to improve and achieve, you are at a significant disadvantage to progress.
If you’re serious about success of a goal or with self-improvement, continually learn, improve accordingly (change), and be able to assess your progress.
Step 4: Assess
Prove or Improve
Support your progress and success: value data, and learn what information you should always seek to know.
Since appearances of progress can be specious, know what data is critically important to record and track.
Review progress (data)
Identify S.W.E.E.T. insights
Evaluate: progress to plan
Identify required revisions
Success is measured by a specified degree of difference between two points: where you are and where you want to be. Assess in order to know how to improve and achieve the differences that yield success.
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