Last month I wrote about the benefits of a self-evaluation. It is a great way to evaluate where you are at, what you would like to change and what you hope to accomplish in your career.
Since those of us who work from home typically don’t have the opportunity to receive feedback from others, we can at least take a good look at our business practices and habits and take note of what could be improved and what goals we would like to set.
A couple of weeks ago I finally went ahead and did a self-evaluation. What I discovered in my self-evaluation was that I have really gotten far in my career. When I was able to write out the things that I have accomplished, in particular my writing career, it was a wonderful encouragement to me.
Sometimes we get down about things. Something we wanted to happen isn’t happening. Business is slow. Money is tight. Deadlines seem impossible. We can find all kinds of things to complain about. But when we remind ourselves of the positive things that we have accomplished, it can put a new perspective on our career.
I would love to say that everything I discovered in my self-evaluation was all good. The reality is that all of us have things we need to work on. This allowed me to really take a good hard look at what things need improvement. It opened my eyes to one thing in particular that has become something I am striving to change.
I think what I discovered most of all in my self-evaluation is that I need to take that time to really reflect on my career. I could keep plugging along, just doing whatever comes. But I may be missing out on things or I may be doing something I wasn’t really meant to do. A self-evaluation causes you to look deep inside and make some new discoveries.
What discoveries will you make about yourself? You will never know unless you go through a self-evaluation.