It applies equally whether you’re thinking about a new technological gadget or redesigning your life. So let’s take a moment to do a little self-assessment.
Thinking back over the past year, on a scale of 1-5, how would you rate your:
- Clarity of Values
- Work Habits
- Self-Reflection & Learning
Vision: Having a clear vision is about setting a direction for yourself. A 5 out of 5 means you have a clear view of what you want your life to look like. You have clear goals in terms of commitments, time-use, and perhaps most importantly, feelings.
Risk-Taking: You’ll know you’re earning a 5 out of 5 here if you feel that you are regularly challenging yourself and striving towards things you want. You’re not reckless, but you recognize your fears and take action on what matters even in the face of those fears. Courage is not the lack of fear, but the ability to face your fears when it matters.
Work Habits: Sometimes what holds us back is not our vision or willingness to take on challenges, but our ability to follow through. Top points here are connected with your ability to act on what matters most, your consistency and discipline, and your ability to build new habits when old ones no longer serve you.
Self-Reflection & Learning: This is about taking time to think about your path and re-examine your progress. A 5 out of 5 would indicate that you build in time regularly to reflect on how well your activities are achieving your vision, you learn from your experiences, and you make adjustments to optimize your life.
Obviously, this activity doesn’t look at specific areas of your life. It’s not meant to be prescriptive about your health, relationships, or finances, for example (I’ll share a more comprehensive life assessment in a future post!).
So, with those scores in mind, take note of where you’ll need to put some extra focus. Understanding the problem is the first step to creating a great solution!