Any organization that has grown successfully over the years is an organization that keeps up with the changes of the times and is effective at evaluating itself and products in relation to the environment and customers. Likewise, for anyone who is interested in personal growth, it is wise to do a self examination from time to time to know where you stand in relation to your goals. Paul prayed for the Philippian church saying “may your spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless…” (1 Thess.5:23). This makes reference to the tripartite nature of man. I do believe that every human being is a tripartite being; primarily a spirit being, possessing a soul, and having a body. The soul of a man comprises the mind, will and emotions; thought, resolve and feelings. So a thorough self examination will cover all three parts.
You know what your goals are, and you know where you need to be in order to do what you need to do in life. Here are a few checks you can use to self assess:
1. Are you where you expect to be spiritually?
2. Are you spending enough time in prayer as you ought to?
3. Are you reading the Bible as much as you promised you would?
4. Are you exercising your faith in every aspect of your life as you ought to?
5. Are you expressing love to those around you?
6. Are you conscious of your right standing before God?
7. Do you say what you mean and mean what you say?
8. Are you constantly bearing the fruits of joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control?
1. Do you have a grasp on your thought life?
2. Do you think critically before each action?
3. Are you in control of your emotions?
5. Are you reading as many books as you committed yourself to reading?
6. Are you expanding your mental capacity through increasing knowledge and applying it in every aspect of your life?
7. Are you in perfect harmony in all your relationships
8. Are you showing love in the appropriate way to those that you care about most?
9. Are you diligent? Do you follow through on your commitments?
10. Have you improved your ability to make decisions quickly?
1. Are you still faithful to your weight goals?
2. Are you growing in bodily endurance through exercise?
3. Are you eating right?
4. Are you getting enough rest?
5. Are you paying enough attention to your beauty and appearance?
So many things to check yourself on, and this is not an exhaustive list, but I think we all agree that life is a marathon and not a sprint. This means the journey requires endurance and self-discipline. A very key principle in running a marathon is to make sure that with each passing second you are a step closer to your goals. It’s not about how fast you’re going, but are you moving forward at all? On the flip side, if you can sprint to your next milestone, why not? Because completing a marathon is not the only thing that’s important, but I think how long it took is also important.