If our lives are a story, would we be content with what the remaining chapters are likely to contain?
Bakers and chefs know: the better the ingredients, the better food can be made from them.
How can we find ourselves being defined by others according to the good that our life produces (with God's) help, rather than by the vices that we fight against?
Like keeping an eye on household issues, we can track good things too.
The process of becoming more like what God made us to be can be a long one, but it is worth the investment.