We are often told to keep ourselves motivated and give ourselves a well-deserved pat on the back for a job well done. However, the things we tell ourselves often contradict the way things really are. Sometimes, overconfidence takes over; we keep reminding ourselves what we’re good at and what we are capable of. That’s when an unexpected low review score shatters the delicate balance that we have created for ourselves. It’s easy to get hot-headed and demand a re-evaluation but there are other ways you can accept it and move forward.
KEEP A POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE
After you receive your evaluation, it’s time to take a step back. Look at the reviews, comments or scores objectively. Compare them with how you evaluate yourself and use them as a guide on how to improve yourself. The hardest part is moving past your disappointment.
After you have recalibrated yourself, set clear goals and challenge yourself. Set parameters to achieve on a regular basis and follow the evaluation diligently. Communicate with your supervisor/boss whether or not you are on the right track.
ARTICULATE YOUR GOALS
Goals merely stay as goals if you do not have a strategy or plan to go with them. Plan out a step-by-step guide for your KPIs. Gather all the resources you can get and maybe hit the books to make it more credible. If you want to aim for a better score next evaluation, discuss your achievements with your line manager. This will demonstrate your interest to improve yourself.
Often, there is a discrepancy between how we think of ourselves and how others perceive us. Evaluations aren’t always about your KPIs or how much sales you brought in. It includes your attitude and how you are with your manager/colleagues. Ask a candid friend to give you the honest truth about how you might come across as to your colleagues. If you feel they aren’t being honest, nicely but directly ask your manager or colleagues how they feel about you.