Updated: Jan 17, 2021
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Every year, at the beginning of the year, I make a list of short and long-term goals that I would like to accomplish within a three to six to twelve-month range. But before I can make the goals I take a moment to complete a self-evaluation form as well as an EcoMap for myself. I use these two worksheets to determine where I am, where I want to be in relation to where I came from. Then I take that information and I use it to set my goals for the year.
Many people that set goals at the beginning of the year are usually upset and over it, before they reach March. It’s because the goals that they set are unattainable and unrealistic for them in their current situations. This is why resolutions do not work. Before you are able to set goals you have to first go through a check-in with yourself to see if you will be able to handle it. We have to know what we are working with first. When you do create goals for this year make sure that they are S.M.A.R.T. goals. SMART goals are ones that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
Self-evaluation is the process of looking at oneself in order to assess actions, attitudes, and aspects that are important to one's identity. When we self-evaluate it is important to be critical, be honest, and Give Yourself Credit. Self-evaluations are not meant to just highlight the achievements but are meant to assess what also needs work. It is good to have a starting point so that later when you reflect you can have something to go off of. Give yourself credit when you do the self-evaluation for all of the things that you were able to do. Don’t beat yourself up over what didn’t get accomplished with Hindsight Being 20/20 it may not have been meant for you to accomplish it at the time.
If you were to just set goals at the beginning of 2021 without evaluating you are more likely to become burnt out, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Let’s take starting a business, for example, there are a lot of people wanting to start a business and they have all of these great ideas, and plans but the dream fizzles out. Let’s dive deeper to see why. Without self-evaluation they weren’t able to see that they haven’t been putting themselves first, so their energy is low, their creativity is decreasing fast, and their patience/tolerance for handling the normal problems that arise is low as well. Without self-evaluation they weren’t able to see what does and doesn’t work, nor were they able to assess their time management skills. Now that the dream backfired, we are left feeling like we are incapable when that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Self-evaluation is a crucial component to learning yourself and seeing what works. It plays a major role in how you approach various aspects of your life both internally and externally. As an example here is my self-evaluation sheet.
An ecomap is a visual representation of you as a person. It displays what aspects in your life play a major role both negatively, positively, and neutrally. The map shows what is giving you energy versus what is taking your energy away. I love using this map because it shows how balanced your life is both internally and externally. The key is to have more positive energy coming in than you do having negative energy. As an example here is my personal Ecomap.
I love comparing my current ecomap to the previous ecomaps because it shows just how much I am shifting and changing. It shows me whether I have constant stressors or if I have stressors that come and go. One thing that I have learned is that in order to put yourself first and to be able to accomplish your goals you have to have the energy, and the balance within your life to do so. If your energy is off it can affect your mood, your sleep patterns, your attitude, passion, work-life, social life, inspiration, spiritual awareness, and so much more.
Questions To Consider:
Have you taken the time to self evaluate?
What is something that you learned about yourself?
What is your energy balance? Is it high, low, neutral?
What are some short term and long term goals that you want to accomplish? Are they SMART goals?
With Love, We have to take the time to balance our lives and check-in with ourselves. We only have one life to live so we need to spend it wisely. You can and should take the time multiple times a year to check-in with yourself by self-evaluating and seeing where your energy is going. The more you know about yourself the better and the healthier you will feel.
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