Self evaluation can be intimidating. It is through this process, though, that all sustainable self-improvement must begin. Unless you are able to clearly identify the behaviors and actions that have brought you this far, your best intentions will not provide the results you hope for.
Keep it simple and very clear.
There are two main parts to self evaluation – Know What You Value and Know How You Behave. Wellness resides where these two core drivers intersect. They evolve over time and it is important to re-evaluate your position on a regular basis. I recommend doing this at least once a year and during any major life change.
Know What You Value – There are plenty of things each of us enjoy or would like to experience. Dig deeper and you will find very specific beliefs and ideals that you hold sacred. Where do you draw the line and take a stand? What key words define you? You may even craft a personal motto or saying.
Mind Mapping can be a great exercise to identify key themes, recurring patterns and find connections. Look for five to ten important insights that reflect your personal identity. Consider when these became important to you and what your life will look like when these key themes are being lived out daily.
Know How You Behave – Now you need to track how you are actually living in this moment. What are your routines and habits? Take time to track your activity for at least a week to ten days. How does your day flow? What distracts you? How do you deal with interruptions or unexpected changes? The better you can be specific about your actions, feelings and reactions, the better you will be able to clarify what needs to change.
Once you have these two core drivers identified, you will be able to see how well they are aligned. Identify two or three areas that are causing the greatest friction – where there is a large gap between What You Value and How You Behave. Begin working on these areas by creating a 30-day action plan to draw them closer in alignment to each other.
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