In order to stay motivated as you work on your goals and dreams, you need to keep your confidence in your ability high. One way of doing this is to continually evaluate your progress. Moving forward or being successful will increase your confidence and your motivation.
But being blocked or finding out you have taken a misstep will rob you of your motivation. When things aren’t going well, you need to be open to the possibility that you have made a wrong turn; don’t just keep moving forward, just to prove that you didn’t make a mistake.
In my next two blogs I write about the when of evaluation. In the following blog I write about the how.
There are two times when you need to do an evaluation, on a regularly scheduled basis, and on an as needed basis. You should do both. In today’s blog I explain what is meant by an evaluation done on a regularly scheduled basis. In my next blog I will explain what is meant by on an as needed basis.
An evaluation done on a regularly scheduled basis
The reason you want to have a regularly scheduled evaluation is that you won’t always recognize when you are engaged in mindless motion. Sometimes you will not want to admit you are not getting any closer to your destination. You need to overcome that reluctance. By the same token you may not automatically realize that there may better ways to achieve the same results with less effort.
You need to decide how often you will do the regularly scheduled evaluation. Will you do it weekly, or maybe monthly? Will you perform a mini-evaluation every night and then a major evaluation every week, or perhaps you would prefer a mini-evaluation every week and a major evaluation every month? At the regularly scheduled evaluations you review your work over the previous period to see what you have accomplished, and take time to appreciate your accomplishments.
I do a mini-evaluation every night. Every night, as I lay in bed, before I drift off to sleep, I review my day. This review is very short. There are three aspects of my life that I address: physical, intellectual and spiritual. I review what I did that day to further my growth in each of these three aspects of my life. Generally I have meditated, so I meet the spiritual aspect, or, if it’s Sunday I have either gone to church or done some spiritual reading. If I have worked out in the gym, or gone for a run, I meet the physical aspect. If I have worked on my book or my workshop, or gone to Toastmasters, I meet the intellectual aspect. Usually I have done at least two aspects, so feel kind of good about myself. Then I tell myself what I am going to do the next day for each aspect. I am always gentle with myself. Even if I only do one thing that day, I just promise myself that the next day, I will do better. Even God rested on the Seventh day.
Come back and read my next blog on Monday, the as needed evaluation.