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Your mid-year self-evaluation


Now that the year is half over, everyone should do a quick self-evaluation. Revisit ideas, past decisions and dwell, if even for a moment, on what could be, your dreams and aspirations. This type of self-evaluation is only good when you are being absolutely honest, especially about issues concerning your work life. Take a few moments to answer the following questions.{{more}}

1. What were your biggest accomplishments during the first half of 2015 personally and professionally?

2. Why were you successful at these endeavours and how can those success lessons help you in future endeavours?

3. What were your biggest mistakes (learning experiences) personally and professionally?

4. What can you do to avoid those same mistakes (learning experiences) going forward?

5. What did you discover about yourself that was positive?

6. What did you discover about yourself that needs to change immediately?

7. What new skills did you acquire so far this year and how can you improve on them?

8. List two goals that must be accomplished before the end of 2015.

9. List two goals that you consider long shots, but you are willing to try to achieve this year.

10. List the characteristics that make you the best at what you do.

To be effective, it’s best not to wait until the new year before you do another self-examination. Take a few moments every quarter, month or even weekly for those who are very disciplined, and evaluate your performance for that time period. Look at what you did that worked personally and professionally, what didn’t work and examine why. Celebrate your successes, learn from the mistakes and move on. It’s amazing that you would take the time to service your cars or clean your homes frequently, but little time is spent on improving the most valuable asset —YOU. Work on changing that!

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to

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