Self-assessment: How To?

Self-assessment: How To?


One of the things that people often fight both for and against, is people pleasing; we naturally tend to look forward to appreciation and expressions of worth, whether it be in the workplace, in relationships, personal achievements, and even future plans. However, the judgement of others is hardly any proof of excellence or failure for it is usually controlled by personal preferences and unjustified inclinations that work as both motivation and a setback. For that objective reason and many more, arises the need for personal self-assessment in any and all fields of life.

  • Importance of self-assessment

As opposed to how trivial some might view self-assessment, describing it as “psycho-babble” or even self-centered, it is in fact of great importance to personal growth and development. It is the first step towards connecting with your inner voice and directing your vision within, rather than without. It can help you appreciate your points of strength, while working on improving those not-so-smooth areas of your character. It actually gives you a sense of direction and an easy-to-follow guide towards successful planning and self-monitoring.

Whether it be that promotion you’re looking up to or those last few kilograms you’d like to see coming off; assessing your own goals, potentials, capabilities, and making realistic plans can be the stepping stone for future success and self-achievement. Otherwise, one might be taking a path that is unnecessarily vague and misleading.

  • Self-assessment How To
1.      Have courage

No one said it would be easy to confront yourself with all your flaws, downsides, and mistakes. However, it is the first step towards successful self-assessment. Confession is the key to amendment, as knowing your weaknesses can save you much time and trouble while adding to your strengths in and of itself.

However, fair play is a jewel; don’t forget to give yourself the credit you deserve. Give yourself a pat on the back for well-earned achievements, and appreciate your strengths. Always know what you have before starting, and never underestimate the tiniest of details, for together they make a big difference.

2.      Plan

The goal of self-assessment is knowing where you stand, and comparing your current position to where you want to be. One must have a clear path before taking it, starting with small ladder-steps that lead to the ultimate goal. However, reaching higher than one can bear is both exhausting and disappointing; set realistic goals that will motivate, rather than discourage, you along the way.

It has never been easier to seek help and share success, or failure, stories across the world. If you’re not sure of your next step, connect with those of similar experience and learn from their mistakes; carefully picking a role-model that would act as both guidance and inspiration is a great head-starter

       3.      Make a Move

Knowing what you have or lack is just the beginning of your journey; what matters at the end of the day is what you do with that knowledge of yourself, your surroundings, and your goals.

 4.      Knowing Your Limits

It is important not to set the bar of expectation higher than one’s hand can reach, for it can be both frustrating and unrealistic. Never compare yourself to others around you, specializing in the field or going through similar life circumstances. Each and every person is a unique piece of art with special needs, abilities, skills, and talents; set an individualized pace that suites you, and assess your productivity according to your own scale.


Assessment plays a major role in the general development of skills in both professional and personal lives, although self-assessment is a much more serious player. Self-assessment opens the doors towards understanding of personal capabilities and limits of performance in an objective, yet sympathetic, manner. It is, in fact, the first step towards developing a personalized plan towards satisfaction and success in both the long, and shorter, terms.