As a high achiever, you know that truly awesome, hard-won accomplishments only happen as a result of thoughtful self-reflection, planning and focused effort.
Measuring your progress is an important part of living a purposeful life. I started writing down my goals when I was 17, and now have about 100 pages in a binder that I look at almost every single day. I consistently review the goals I set and successfully met over the years, because there is a real, affirming power in documenting dreams and keeping an inventory of successes.
I also write down my current goals and put copies of them everywhere—in my briefcase, my car, my bathroom, my closet, my phone—so I can constantly renew my purpose each time I see them. If I find myself getting off track, I take them out and look at them again, realigning my focus and activities with the results I want.
To start living your life on purpose, simply make a list of valuable milestones you’ve already achieved. Take stock of how you’ve already lived a life of purpose, even if you didn’t realize it. Reminding yourself of past achievements can be an important nudge when you feel stuck or uninspired.