We’re all constantly judged and evaluated. When we were young, our parents had strict rules that the kids had to abide by and approval or displeasure was dished out, according to our behavior. In school, teachers grade everything you do. At work, the boss gives his or her annual performance review, as well as daily reminders of how our work product is meeting, failing or exceeding expectations. Random people judge our clothes, manner of speech, political views, homes, cars, weight and sexual preference.
The surprising thing is that we don’t take the time to honestly evaluate ourselves. To get ahead in your career, I suggest that you tune out everyone else’s opinions and standards and start evaluating yourself. Take some time everyday to critically think about your career. Broadly speaking, you want to figure out if you are heading in the right direction, continually learning and being intellectually challenged, earning the most you can and contributing value and feeling a sense of purpose.
Here are some straightforward questions you can think about to critically evaluate yourself. These are just a small sampling of questions you could pose to yourself to get started. The key is to conduct an honest assessment to determine if you are being honest with yourself and achieving all the greatness that you richly deserve. You only have one chance at life and you owe it to yourself to give it everything you have to try and make it the best life possible. You don’t want to look back 30 years from now with any regrets.
Start with thinking about your current job. Are you happy with what you are doing? Do you find meaning and purpose in your current career? Does the manager appreciate your hard work and is there room for growth? By taking stock of your situation, you may decide that the job you’re in is not the right fit and it’s time to move on. You could also feel that you like your company, but want to learn something new. Your manager might be a jerk, but your position is pretty cool and well paying. Once you sort out where you stand, then take the appropriate assertive actions, which could mean having a candid talk with your boss, demanding a transfer internally or seek out a new job.