Many organizations and some coaches will suggest using a 360-degree feedback process to define a starting point and repeat it at a later date so that progress can be monitored. The coach or organization may recommend the use of a psychometric instrument or questionnaire. Once you have set the goal and determined the appropriate method to measure your progress, you must set up your system to measure your progress. This could be as simple as buying a scale and deciding what day of the week and what time you're going to measure your weight.
Some methods may require a little more effort to set them up. Once you've set up the system, it'll take very little time out of your schedule. With a small investment of time, you will receive detailed information that will allow you to make the necessary changes to accelerate your progress. When you measure your progress on a regular basis, you receive more confidence and motivation as you realize that your efforts are paying off and that your goal is getting closer every day.
You can only make an effective decision when you know where you stand, and to know where you stand, you must measure your progress.