Time to take a self-inventory
New Year a good time to take stock of life, career
The beginning of the year is a good time to ask yourself, “How am I
doing? Am I happy at home, fulfilled at work, and working on those big
lifetime goals I’ve set for myself? Or am I just coping, dealing with
crisis after crisis?”
NetworkNEWs has designed a quick 10-question self-assessment to help gauge where you stand as you start the new year:
1. Are you making real progress on long-term life and career goals?
2. Do you have enough time for yourself? To travel, relax, exercise, or play?
3. Do you feel appreciated?
4. Are you getting enough rest?
5. Do have enough energy?
6. Is your health good?
7. Do you have a strong network of colleagues and friends?
8. Are you saving money?
9. Are you relaxed at work and home?
10. Are you happy?
Tally ten points for each “yes” answer. Here’s a rough guide to how you’re doing:
DANGER. You need a major
reassessment of your life. Consider professional coaching – an outside
perspective is always helpful; in your case it could be urgent.
TRUDGING. Like most of us, your
life could use a tune up. Sit down with a mentor or coach and talk
about what you’d like to accomplish long term and what adjustments you
can make this year.
SOLID. You may be a bit
overworked – who isn’t? – but you have a stable, happy personal life
and are doing well in your career. But there may still be areas that
need tweaking, such as finances or work/life balance. See what you can
do in 2006 to make your good life even better.
CONGRATULATIONS. Life is good
and you’re on the right track. You’d make an excellent coach or mentor
for someone who has not yet found their own formula for success.
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