I know it’s just another arbitrary day, but I like to begin the new year looking forward. That usually means I spend the waning days of December reviewing things.
My tendency is often to gloss over problems and let myself off the hook more than I should, so I like to carve out some time to really ask myself some hard questions — so I can see where I need to grow.
Here are some of the questions I am asking myself this year:
- What did I fail at? For projects that did not succeed, or are not fulfilling expectations, what part did I play?
- Where have I made progress? Where have I not made progress?
- What have I neglected this year?
- Are my metrics honest? Do they really measure the outcomes and outputs that are important?
- Where should I have spoken up? Where did I not act when I should have? What should I have done, and when?
- To whom do I owe amends? Am I willing to make them? If not, why not, and what will I do instead?
- What hard truths am I avoiding?
- What grade would I give myself as a leader, as a service provider, as an employee?
Self-assessment doesn’t have to be a negative exercise, but to me it is only worthwhile if I focus on what needs to change and not just pat myself on the back. It helps to have a dedicated time to focus in on the hard stuff so I can enjoy the good stuff with a clean conscience.
What hard questions are you asking yourself?
Let me know in the comments.