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7 Steps to Measuring My Success

In case you missed it, for my last week of blogs I'm doing three wrap-up style blogs. This one is going to be a wrap-up of our final book for this class "Measure What Matters" by Katie Paine. This book has a lot of great information about measuring value and statistics across your social media channels. In every chapter of this book, the author summarizes all of her points into seven main steps. So instead of summing up this entire book and talking about how to measure social media, I figured I'd use these seven steps to measure my life thus far and where I plan to go.

1. Define your goals and objectives

  • Be happy
  • Be healthy
  • Form and maintain strong, caring friendships 
  • Get my degree
  • Encourage others 

2. Define your environment, audience, and your role in influencing them

My environment is my school, my home, and my church. My audience is my family, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, my professors and future employers. No matter how I influence them I hope to always be true to myself while I'm doing it.

3. Define your investment

  • $20,000 a semester (see my past blog describing just how expensive that is)
  • Lots and lots of time
  • Prioritizing even when I don't want to
  • Making many sacrifices

4. Determine your benchmarks

I've learned in life to never compare yourself to others, so I try my best not to. In the past I've been hurt, and I've hurt others unfortunately. I like to think I've come out stronger, wiser, and much kinder. If you compare yourself to who you used to be and consistently making changes to better yourself you'll always be improving which is what I try to do.

5. Define your key performance indicators

This area is probably the hardest to define because it's hard to put a level on the quality friendships you have, or your encouragement to others passions in life. I know that in every single one of my blogs I strive to make people laugh or inspire them. One thing I can measure is after the next two weeks I'll be 3/8th of the way done with my degree!!

6. Collect data

It's hard to measure happiness, isn't it? There is no scale to step on, no measuring cup to pour into. I can tell you I feel much happier than I ever have before, and I think that counts for something. My health is a climbing battle, but I told myself I need to start exercising next year so that's a start, right?I've gained friends, I've lost some. Every person in my life right now is meant to be in it and I gain a lot of comfort in that.

7. Turn data into action

I'm not perfect, that's for sure. I'm growing and I'm learning every single day and that's what matters. It's almost time for a new year, and a new opportunity to reinvent myself. I will take what I've learned and the mistakes I've made in order to make adjustments for the year to come. 

This post got way deeper than I intended it to but I'm happy with it. The end of the year is always a perfect time to reflect on the past year and all of the good, bad, and the ugly. I truly encourage you to go through your seven steps and reflect. 


  1. Know that you have lots of support, Sierra. You are and are becoming a beautiful young woman. Keep on doing what you are doing.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this post Sierra. You took something we learned in class and applied it to yourself in a genuine way. I totally believe when you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything! Keep growing and learning everyday while having a positive attitude and you'll go FAR in life :)

  3. Woah how long have you had a blog omg I'm just now finding out about this


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