Developing and completing an honest self-evaluation of where you are at in life, where you are going, and ultimately building or crafting the life you most desire requires strategy. I use a variety of tools to help me accomplish this goal. Of course, SWOT is a common tool. Defining your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats is a wise thing to do on a regular basis. I try to do an honest evaluation on each area of my life, at a minimum of once a year.
Additionally, I seek feedback from others that I trust and respect and have them evaluate me for my personal growth and development. I really want suggestions that I can apply to change or enhance my life. Feedback from your trusted confidants is crucial. Just ask for it. They will give it to you because they really care for you.
Recently, I had a good friend suggest some changes I should make in how I think about myself. I was attempting to be humble in my conversation on a topic and he suggested I not be so humble and that I am an authority in this specific area. He suggested that I should be thinking more highly of myself. Hmmm. I am still processing this bit of advice.
No matter, the key is being open to receiving feedback from others. Growth comes immediately from an honest evaluation of the current situation in a person’s life. I hunger after growth. Thus, I must hunger after honest evaluations of where I am at, where I am going and most importantly how I am going to get there.
How about you? Are you hungering for growth? Then isn’t it time you made an honest evaluation of your life?