What Are You Measuring?

A common question used by presidential political candidates is, "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?" The inquiry forces all of us to use some measure to determine an answer. It's a powerful question that we should actually ask ourselves more often than during an election cycle.

Looking beyond any political implications, how would you answer the more important question of, "What are you measuring?" Certainly our economic well-being is important, but I don't think we should stop there. Here are a few other areas you may want to measure the next time you hear the question asking if you are better off now than a few years (or even months) ago:

  •  Your physical health. How's your exercise routine? Your eating habits? Have you gotten a recent physical?
  • The significant meaningful relationships in your life. Whether your measure is quality of your current relationships or simply the quantity, are you moving things in a desirable direction?
  • Your skill set. What do you do better now than a few years ago? What new skill have you learned in the past few months? Would you be considered one of the most qualified people in your field of work? Have you taken advantage of opportunities to grow?
  • Your sense of purpose. Do your lifestyle and career provide the framework for you to live out your highest purposes?

Of course political candidates want you to take action on election day in response to the question. I urge to you take personal action if any of the answers to the questions above are "No."