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Self-assessment

Self-assessment is about making an impartial judgment about yourself or an objective evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses. But how many people are really well aware of their strengths and weaknesses? Very often, they depend on others for feedback. But that is not self-assessment. Your self-assessment must come from you, not from some external parties. Other people are likely to give an inaccurate or incomplete picture, worse a very flattering or grossly distorted one.

In assessing yourself, you must be truly honest so that, if you are determined to seek change, the correct and positive change can be effected. Self-assessment allows you to evaluate your innate qualities and latent talent. Know precisely your natural aptitude and skills and display them whenever and wherever appropriate, otherwise others will not know.

It's important that your assessment of yourself must be as truly objective as you can possibly manage. It can happen that your assessment of yourself is negative, and you accept it as true although it may be wrong. Your wrong assessment is likely to adversely affect your self-confidence and consequently, you behave negatively. In the longer term, your poor self-image manifests itself in your negative behaviour which becomes habitual. You are then judged by your behaviour and what others think of you.

People who have physical handicaps or unattractive appearance tend inevitably to have pessimistic self-assessments. Unless they avoid constant self-assessment and willingly accept themselves as they are, it will only worsen their feeling of self worth.

Although self-assessment is important, it’s never easy to carry out. Other people may not be willing to agree to your personal judgment, however objective it is to you. A positive or too positive self-assessment leads to excessive pride and unconscious arrogance. A negative or too negative self-assessment causes an inferiority complex to develop.