Alpine, if you begin to understand the difference between your ego self and your Soul self, you will begin to recognize how you change in evolution from day to day, maybe minute to minute
This is a normal question one asks when they get on the path to enlightenment. How am I doing? How am i in comparison to Jane Doe over there? When these questions become less and less relevant in your thinking you know you have come aways.
Your ego self defines you as a personality and its character. As in 'I am a man'. 'I am generout'. 'I am a lazy creep'. 'I am a store clerk'. And on and on. This is an important function of being human. You don't need to do away with it. You just continue to rise above it. When you do the ego changes its perspective and recognizes you wherever you are. But the ego is stubborn and hates to let go of its patterns and conditions. What we are all trying to do is , not kill the ego, but put it in its rightful place.
As has been pointed out here you begin to pay attention. What are you thinking, saying, doing, feeling and what is the cause of all these. Usually you will find that what you think, say, do and feel are are the results of past programing and sometimes it is very painful to realize why you are where you are. You are a complex mix of skillful qualities and unskillful qualities. And you can, consciously and forgivingly practice, again as has been pointed out here, changing the patterns of how you think, speak, feel and do and how you react to what life throws at you.
So you become aware of your ego self. You begin to realize that this awareness is a pretty cool place. This awareness is not your ego. It is in a higher vibrational pattern of yourself. What and where is this awareness, you wonder. It seems to be a 'place' where you feel better about youself, others and the world in general. You begin to practice being in this awareness. You go into it and out of it, into it and out of it but you keep practicing. You do because the results - what you see trickling down into your physical self is an enhancement of every part of you.
My practice includes maintaining my attention or awareness on the energy center, or vibraional pattern of the third eye. It also includes devotional practices, quieting the mind chatter, and the nitty gritty of being kind to all.