How to give yourself a quick performance review

meeting-between-two-business-woman-at-a-desk-shallow-depth-of-fieldBy Jinny Ditzler

How do you respond if someone asks how you’re doing? May its anything from…

‘Fine’ to ‘could be busier’ or to ‘never been so busy’ ….

… depending on your mood, confidence level, and the person you’re talking with. And that’s as far as most of us get to taking stock about how we’re really doing. Why? Because as my guru Jinny Ditzler puts it : our inner critic tells us it’s better not to know.

But nothing could be further from the truth. Because by giving yourself a performance review you’ll not only know exactly how you’re doing, but also increase your confidence about improving performance in all areas of your life.

Questions to start the review

What really motivates you? What do you care about most? The answers to these kinds of questions are your personal values.

As you plan 2015 first remind yourself of the passions that guide you. These values are not new to you and among the most frequently mentioned are:
  • Family first
  • Integrity
  • Giving back
  • Compassion
  • Generosity
  • Kindness
Then itemise the roles you play in your life for example:
  • Wife
  • Mother
  • Business Owner
  • Friend
  • Theatre goer
  • Musician

Also include a role that you might want to begin playing in 2015, such as mentor, student, adventurer. And please include one role that’s about taking care of yourself like exercising, reading books/seeing films, pampering with spa visit etc.

The pain of not living a balanced life has been the No. 1 issue for most of the people Jinny has coached over the past 35 years!

How well are you doing in each of your roles? Read through your list and imagine how you’d be performing in each role if you were doing your best by your own standards. For example, what would you be doing as a business owner, if you rated yourself a 10?

Now rate your performance in each role by entering a score of 1 to 10 beside each one. Take a moment to appreciate the areas of your life in which you’re doing well — and then consider what’s missing in the roles that you rated lower.

Which role is my major focus?
To complete your performance review and prepare yourself for setting goals for the coming year, ask yourself:
  • If I could put one problem behind me, once and for all, what would it be?
  • In which of my roles do I want to have a breakthrough in performance?
  • In which role do I want to have a sense of mastery by the end of 2015?

Your most prevalent response to these questions reveals your major focus.

Remember that what you focus on is what you get, so keeping your attention on this role is well worth the investment of your time and energy.

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