When they were growing up, every few weeks or so, my children hand me a progress report.  It tells me how they are doing in school, what their strengths are and if there are areas that need improvement.  Imagine if you could get a progress report every few weeks or so on how you are doing in life! Wouldn’t that be helpful?  

If I could special order a report on my progress, I would want to know how I was doing with my relationships specifically with my spouse, my kids, my extended family, my workmates, my friends, my neighbors and my acquaintances.  

Then I would want to know how I was doing with my job.  How was I progressing in my career and how could I improve. Some jobs do check ins and annual assessments but imagine knowing more often.  That would be so helpful for me to receive that feedback. 

After that I would want to know how I was doing with my goals.  How was I hitting my financial goals?  How was I hitting my personal development goals? How was I hitting my health goals and so on…? You get the point. 

This would be so helpful to receive a progress report like my children do.  So I was brainstorming with my mentor and he suggested I create such a progress report and he would gladly fill it in as often as I needed it.  What a thought!! So we did.  And it has been an incredible asset to me to see how I am progressing through those things I hold very important in my life.  Those things I want to improve upon. Those things I have hit spot on and now I can create new goals and targets.  

Progress always seemed scary to me in the past because to progress, you must change and I was like a lot of people, afraid of change, happy with status quo but I really wasn’t.  My fear of change, my fear of progressing superseded my desire for change.  

Now I can add my progress report to my overall life map.  Now I have those frequent check-ins to review which helps me tweak my behavior.  Now I know I will hit my goals faster and more efficiently because I am receiving that feedback that is helping me progress to the next level. 


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John D Marvin

John D. Marvin has over 30 years of leadership and marketing experience. He has built a successful marketing strategy business and since 2001 has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of TSO, Inc. Texas State Optical (TSO) is a member owned cooperative consisting of 127 independent, professional optometry practices located throughout the state of Texas. In 2011 the organization was named the tenth largest provider of eye care services in the United States. As a certified speaker, trainer and coach through the John C. Maxwell organization, he is uniquely equipped to help his team members and others grow personally and reach their full potential. He is available to work with individuals and organizations. He also represents the resources and materials of the number one authority on leadership as designated by Forbes magazine, John C. Maxwell.