Have you noticed that everyone wants you to rate them?
The simplest transactions are invariably followed up with a request for you to rate performance. If you ordered something online, they want a review. If you stayed in a hotel (do you remember when that was something we did routinely?) they ask you to rate them. If a service rep from AAA came to put a new battery in your car, they implore you to give them a 10 when the questionnaire comes.
The motivation behind all this is commendable; they want to deliver their best possible performance. If they can get you to move from being a customer to being a net promoter, they will be on their way to fame, fortune, and glory.
Let’s take this in a different direction: Rating Ourselves!
Case in point, the nearly-a-year we have spent living altered lives due to the reality of a global pandemic. I’m about to turn 72, and I am acutely aware of the passing of time. Losing a year is a pretty big deal when you only have one, or five, or ten (hopefully more, but probably not realistically) left to enjoy.
So, let’s take a few minutes for reflection and give ourselves some ratings, on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being exceptional and 1 being pretty darn pathetic.
My outlook on life is better than it was a year ago.
My faith is stronger than it was a year ago.
My relationships are deeper than they were a year ago.
My health and fitness has improved compared to a year ago.
My net contribution to the world has grown in the last year.
My knowledge base is bigger than it was a year ago.
My level of care for others is higher than it was a year ago.
My level of fiscal responsibility is better than a year ago.
You may have different criteria for rating yourself, but you get my drift. If we don’t live consciously, life just goes by. I hope you feel good about how your life has gone in the past year. And I hope that when it’s time to rate yourself again, you’ll feel like you’ve improved!