We believe in our future selves too much sometimes, and it creates a recipe for disaster and disappointment. Don't let the hope and dream of our ideal future self justify giving less than our best today.
According to a 2017 Business Insider article, a whopping 80% of people give up on their resolutions by the second week in February. That's not to say even more give up as the early months of the year march on. This stat isn't meant to punch your motivation in the gut, but rather to underscore the importance of taking a new approach to improving yourself in 2018.
There are numerous benefits to measuring progress towards anything you choose to do in life, and I have no doubt that if you begin incorporating measurements and tracking progress for yourself that you will see real benefits and improvements at home, work and in your community.