Have you ever taken a step back to reflect on past performances? Self-evaluation is one of the most important, and most challenging, skills you can have in both your professional and personal life. It is crucial for us to look at ourselves objectively to see what is good, what needs repair, and what could be put to better use.

Looking at ourselves from the outside is beneficial for a variety of reasons, including highlighting our strengths and areas of value, documenting our achievements, reflecting on areas of improvement, and discovering areas for further development. 

The first step in goal-setting is most often self-evaluation. In order to establish goals for ourselves, we must acknowledge areas for improvement and define our goals based off of these areas. Additionally, areas of strength and personal achievement can also be valuable starting points in selecting and creating our professional and personal goals.

Self-evaluation allows us to discover areas for further development and enhancement. By looking in, we’re able to reflect on our weaknesses and target areas in which we believe we need to enhance. This can be done in the form of training, seeking advice, or reading, among others, and it’s a difficult but effective tool to utilize. 

Most of us don’t employ self-evaluation because it’s difficult and uncomfortable to focus on our weaknesses. We are so accustomed to the everyday routines that we become fearful of change or growth. Our minds are wired to be content with routine, and this is why change can be so daunting. 

We are wired to be content with routine, and this is why change is difficult. Without its ability to predict, our mind goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode which increases stress and decreases our ability to think clearly. 

Fortunately, there are things we can do to ease our minds in times of uncertainty:

Accept and embrace change.
The path doesn’t always have to be laid out for you. If we can accept that we simply cannot plan every detail of our lives, we can find comfort in self-evaluation, and accept change.

Look at the bigger picture.
Understand the purpose of your uncertainty. If you look at the bigger picture, you will see that there’s a reason behind the uncomfort, and that it’s only temporary.

Appreciate what you have.
Take a moment to think about everything you’re grateful for. In times of stress, it can be easy to focus on negative feelings. 

Staying on the current path can be riskier than change itself, for the path of uncertainty is most often where we flourish. So we must look beyond ourselves and venture off our usual path, because if we never wander, how do we grow?

About Roy Murad (edited from https://roymurad.ca/)

Roy Murad is a father, husband, business advisor, investor, consummate entrepreneur, and advocate for new business ventures. Over the course of 35 years, Roy Murad has amassed a wealth of experience from building businesses, guiding companies, and identifying strong investment opportunities – all while nurturing a thriving family. Now, he looks to share his valuable experience with everyone who desires to live a balanced and successful life.

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