One of the most helpful tools in charting your personal growth is the self assessment. The self assessment, or "reality check" as it is sometimes called, will give you a birds-eye view of your life at the exact moment you complete it. It's a great tool to use for determining the starting point in a new personal development plan. It's also a great tool to chart your progress because when done regularly, they provide you with an overview of your life, your successes and accomplishments. At the same time, they also help to point out any weak spots or areas where you still need to make changes.
Creating a self assessment can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. On the one hand, you do not want it to be so complicated that just the thought of it stresses you out. At the same time, you want to force yourself to have to think about it enough that the results are actually useful.
One of the easiest ways I've found to do a self assessment is to simply divide your life into categories such as job, family, relationships, fitness, and any others that you can think of and then rate how satisfied you feel with each on a scale from one to ten. The areas that rank on the lower end of the scale will most likely be the highest priority when it comes to make life changes.
Once you have the areas of your life rated on the satisfaction scale, you can expand your assessment to include in-depth examinations of areas such as your feelings about the state of your life, and the type of changes you might like to make. At the end of your self assessment session you can also take time to brainstorm ideas and plans for making changes. You can also include a space for keeping track of the progress you are making on any goals and projects that you've already started working on.
By keeping track of your progress with periodic self assessments you will see exactly how much you are achieving. This can come in handy when you're feeling like everything is at a standstill. When you look back over past evaluations and compare where you were then to where you are now, you'll surprise yourself with you far you've actually traveled on your path of personal growth.