July 17, 2024

Greetings Destiny Friends,

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates

One of the most valuable character traits one must have if they truly want to succeed in life, is honesty. If you don’t have this trait, please endeavor to have people who are honest working with you or in your family. If you have these people, please hold them very close because they are priceless.

In the journey of life, you can lie to others, but you can never lie to yourself. As a matter of fact, one of the highest disservices anyone can do to himself is lying to himself. It’s sad to note however, that some people live in deception by existing as opposed to living.

As a progressive being, one of the things you can do is to evaluate your life on a continuous basis. According to Socrates, “an unexamined life is not living”.  Evaluating one’s life is very important, and this evaluation is not limited to one’s personal life; you can evaluate your career growth, spiritual growth, financial growth, personal and professional growth. It is generally stated that you cannot do the same thing repeatedly and remain the same. Whoever does that is insane. Hence the need to continually evaluate yourself whenever you embark on any task to know if it’s progressing well.

Every serious-minded entrepreneur, student, parent, leader etc. must take time to evaluate how the year fared for them. Evaluation helps to determine how well one is faring. Evaluation does not only apply when we fail, we can also celebrate our failures because it shows we are doing something. It’s sad to note that sometimes, we don’t take time to celebrate our wins no matter how small it is.

Evaluation comes into play when there are small wins. Do you think it’s easy to register a business? Do you think it’s easy to get accepted into a school, company? Do you think it’s easy to attend events and network with resourceful people? Do you think it’s easy to be alive? Do you think it’s easy to make a business post on social media? Do you think it’s easy to send a meaningful text message, email etc. to a resourceful person? All these involve process, procedures, and strategies because anything of value is done with process. So, celebrate your small win when you do the needful. Remember, nobody will celebrate you if you don’t celebrate yourself. You wear the shoe, and as such know how far you have come in life.

On a personal note, when I take stock of my life, I can confidently say, I have done reasonably well for myself. I have been able to hone some new skills in addition to having some new hits in my personal and professional career. I may not be a billionaire, but I have been able to author two books in addition to being recognized globally as a mentor, life coach, youth advocate, creative writer, and public speaker. These qualities didn’t come with me, I had to acquire and hone them by constantly evaluating myself and adding value to my life.

Furthermore, I do take time to evaluate the people in my life, my personal life, my career path, and spiritual life. In some cases, I ask trusted friends and family members to critically evaluate my life on where I am doing well and where I need to work on.

Above all, none gives me joy more than seeing my three-year-old son saying, daddy each time he sees me on television and social media for a good cause. The feeling is truly priceless. Imagine, being on the internet for a negative cause. The moral here is that I see how my video contents have truly grown due to constant evaluation.

Evaluating your life is a process that can help you check whether you are living your best life, or if it needs improvement. A critical way of evaluating your life is by asking yourself, am I leaning on the right side of the ladder? This question is very important because you might think you are leaning on the right side of the ladder only to get to the finish line and discover you were merely leaning on the wrong side of the ladder and that might lead to a disaster if not properly managed.

Here are some thoughts you need to ponder on. You must ask yourself, what do I want?  Am I happy with the kind of life I’m living? What is the kind of dream job or life I would love to live.

1. Honesty

This is the most important trait one must apply if one is truly serious in the self- evaluation process. Self and professional evaluation starts with authenticity whether at the workplace, church, or political setting.

2. Alignment

The first piece of the reevaluation process is aligning your future goals with your current self. Alignment works with values, visions, and passion. When your profession, vocation and ministry are in alignment, one can be said to be living on and fulfilling purpose.

3. Humility

Humility is very critical when it comes to self evaluation and your goals, One must approach the entire process with humility. Life happens to everyone, and as such being amenable and dynamic to change is a great way to live through life. It takes humility to realize you may never achieve everything one desires.

As the year is winding down, take time to evaluate your business, family, career, spiritual life, and personal and professional life to know if you have fared well in those areas. Planning for the new year or season without first examining the mistakes of the previous year, will not make much impact if you haven’t learnt from your past mistakes. For one to achieve more in life, one must do or become more. Success in life is not a result of what you are doing, but what you are becoming.

In conclusion, as the year is about to end, you must endeavor to improve each area of your life by practicing self-examination, look inwardly and identify areas of your life that need to be modified and what needs to be eliminated.

Henry Ukazu writes from New York. He works with the New York City Department of Correction  as the Legal Coordinator.  He’s a Transformative Human Capacity and Mindset coach. He is also a public speaker, youth advocate and creative writer Design Your Destiny and Unleash Your Destiny.  He can be reached via info@gloemi.com

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