We spend plenty of time evaluating the performance of those around us. We may even benefit from a review of our work by others. But what about a self-evaluation? How would you rate yourself? Now is a great time to test the waters in this lost art of personal evaluation.
The time for New Year's resolutions is around the corner. One of the problems with the often reactive resolution process is that it lacks any meaningful review of the current reality. Sure, one look in the mirror may tell me I need to lose weight, but what about my life at work? What do I want from my career? What worked this year? What gives me the most energy in my work?
Any real change begins with some reflection on your current reality. As you think about what you want for your career in 2014, first take some time to reflect on 2013. Here are some questions to get you started.
- Where do you spend most of your energy at work?
- When did you feel most inspired at work?
- What is one way you grew professionally this year?
- How do you think those who work around you experience you?
- What do your residents experience when they come in contact with you?
- What was your greatest challenge/lesson at work?
- How did you adapt at work?
- How have you grown as a person because of your work experience?
- Is this where you thought you'd be at the end of this year? Why or why not?
- What are you most grateful for at work?
This is not an exercise in goal setting. It's just the necessary first step. Take some time to sit with these questions in December before you make a plan for change in 2014. Or, just let life happen. It's up to you.
What other questions would you add to this list that might help you evaluate your year at work?