Why Not To Pull Your Punches When You Evaluate?


Quick to learn new information, read new tips, absorb information and embrace a process of change. Start with good intentions and great gusto.

Success or failure comes and it’s too easy to keep going and forget to evaluate the results. Even if we have review periods built in, it’s all too easy to move straight back into improvement mode without assessing what happened last time.

Sadly this causes the likelihood that either failure will repeat itself or we wont know what caused the successes, and we can’t re-engineer the results. We continue on blindly. No accurate and specific feedback on our performance.

Either way wasted time and resource.

Top sports people are inspirational, regardless of whether you’re a fan of sport. Why? They are committed to consistent micro goals, and are obsessed with data and improvement. They receive instant feedback from their coaches. It’s not vague, it’s not generic, it’s not big picture, it doesn’t rush into the next new idea. It’s micro level detail, is objective and it doesn’t hold back the punches. Everything is under a microscope or a heart monitor, with one specific goal. To achieve the best results possible.

For some that level of input isn’t a luxury that’s affordable.
For some that level of input isn’t desired. Why?

That’s where we can be game changers.

We can learn to evaluate our own performance by asking good questions:

What specifically went well?
What specifically went badly?
What are the key stats/ results you need to focus on?
What specifically caused the successes or the failures? What does the data say?
Are there specific proven examples from successful people you can re-engineer?
What three things can you improve in your next cycle of action?

Good truthful evaluation, however painful the results are, give the foundation for ongoing growth. They give us the chance to start the cycle of transformation again, better equipped, more motivated and with increased wisdom of where to put our attention and energies.

What do you need to evaluate?

This is the last in the series of 6 posts around Change. I hope as you’ve applied this Change model, you’ve begun to see some ways to make lasting change. I’d love to hear the stories on the areas of change that are important to you and your successes and failures along the way and to give you a healthy dose of encouragement.

Please leave a comment below.


* indicates required