Now that it is 90 days into 2012 and you have told yourself “this is your year”& “2012-new me”, what type of progress have you made? Are you still doing the same things and expecting and or hoping for a different out-come? You do know that is the definition of insanity right?
Everyone should come to a point in their life when they do a self-evaluation. We often have to evaluate ourselves for work. Why not do it for yourself. There are many ways that you can do this. And self-evaluations should be done often.
Grab some paper and begin evaluating. First, be honest with yourself. Point out ways that you have made progress, personally and professionally. It is okay to toot your own horn for your accomplishments but embellishment will not help you. Now, jot down some clear realistic ways that you can improve in those same areas. Be very detailed and specific about your intentions. Create short, mid and long term goals for yourself- with a dead line! Remember-One day is not a day of the week!!
I know it can be tough to evaluate yourself because we do not see ourselves how others do. So, if this is difficult for you and or you are not sure where to begin. Think about some questions that you can ask yourself. Such as: Am I productive? What slows me down and or makes me unorganized? Am I growing professionally or personally? Why do I think that I am stuck in the same spot? What am I good at? What am I bad at? What or who benefits me? What or who does not? Am I in a position to grow-personally and professionally? What skill do I offer or not? What makes me happy? What do I want?
After you have written everything down, read it back to yourself. How do you feel about what you wrote? Are you happy, excited, sad or disappointed? It is important for you to know that you are in control of your destiny. Take some time to think about what you wrote and how you feel about it before you create your action plan or goals. Do not get lost and drown yourself in self-pity or regrets. It is easy to do this, we all have problems, and we all have something’s we would like to change or should. You are not alone when it comes to this and you should pat yourself on the back for even doing a self-evaluation to begin with. This is the first step and only the beginning to your growth and development! Self-evaluations offer you clarity and help you define your life purpose and goals.
Do not let another 90 days of 2012 go by and you are doing the same things, at the same place, with the same people and waiting for a change. Now is the time to move forward not “one day”!
Shawna K Clark~ Opening the door to a better you and me by not letting time get away…