When was the last time you performed a self-assessment? Meaning, how long has it been since you sat down and took a realistic view of where you are, where you’ve been and where you are trying to go? I find myself thinking about this often asking questions like, “How can I get better?” and “What am I doing wrong?” or “What can I do differently?” If it has been a while since your last check-up, it may be time to reevaluate your situation. Interestingly enough, there are some people who have never performed a self-evaluation. This explains why their tires are turning but they are going nowhere.
Conducting a self-assessment is simple and requires a writing utensil and something to write on. In fact, you may not have access to these items depending on where you are reading this. If you are near the beach, writing in the sand works just fine. The first thing to do is to write down all of the things you would like to accomplish in the coming year then write down everything you’ve accomplished this past year. Once you have these two lists, write down the obstacles that have prevented you from reaching these goals. Finally, restructure your plan of action in order to accomplish the goals you have set.
Just like you visit your doctor for your annual check-up or your optometrist for your annual eye-exam, it is imperative that you perform an annual “Success Check-up”. Write your goals down, work on them daily and in six months to a year, perform a self-evaluation to track your progress. If you are not where you need to be, change your strategy. The end goal is to accomplish everything you listed as goals.
I never write down my “goals”, I refer to them as my “Must Outcomes”. This puts me in the mind frame that I must accomplish these goals and in most cases I do. It is so easy to start something; it’s the finishing that most of us struggle with.
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