Giving yourself an annual review can be an extremely valuable and motivating process. When you review yourself, you are both the reviewer and the one receiving the review, and the dual perspective leads to useful insights, powerful, granular acknowledgments, and strategic goal-setting. You can do this whether or not you get formally reviewed at your place of work. Here are some ideas for questions to ask yourself, but feel free to substitute or add your own questions:
- What did you learn in the last year?
- About yourself (any aspect of yourself, including new aspects or nuances of your talents/brilliance/sharpness/gifts that you witnessed or even glimpsed, your grit, your patience/compassion/tolerance, your emotional intelligence, things that trigger anger or upset, any new self-management tactics, better ways of taking care of yourself in any way, new skills including endurance, patience, tact, and any skills pertaining to your content or process expertise.
- About the organization you’re part of, any of the people you work with, any aspect of the content you work with, your job and the professional world it’s part of, etc
- What else did you learn in the last year, in your professional life or in the other parts of your life? Did your golf game improve? Did you expand your relational skills, or become stronger at taking a stand? How else did you become stronger?
- What things came up in the last year that will you do differently the next time a similar situation arises?
- What did you pull off, accomplish, DO, achieve, make happen, what crises/calamities did you avoid, what did you salvage/save (relationships, funding, etc). These things might or might not be visible to the outside world — but you know they happened and it’s important to own them. Many of our most important achievements are often invisible to others – all the more reason to acknowledge them. Did you plan and take that trip to the Azores you’ve been wanting to do for the last 10 years? Did you make peace with your ex (and if so, what insights came of that process)?
- What are you proud of?
- What challenges did you weather/survive/endure and how did you pull that off? What did you have to bring forth from yourself in order to survive/endure?
- What setbacks or disappointments did you recover from, and how did you recover?
- Did you play more, or take better care of yourself in some other way?
Given all of the above, what would you like to take on as next year’s challenges?