Either way, being honest with yourself is a great opportunity to build life skills, rise above challenges, gain self-acceptance and improve authenticity.
Get into the right mindset
Be open to doing a self-assessment, which could be a useful problem-solving tool. You should approach it without shame or blame. You do not have to be brutally honest with yourself.
Instead, be gentle and kind while still being honest.Think of yourself as a friend providing advice to yourself. This will keep you from being too rough on yourself.
Identify an area for self-evaluation
You do not need to evaluate every aspect of your life in order to start being honest with yourself.
Think about things that cause you discomfort and can be changed, choices for focus include goals, career, money, family, spirituality and love.
You could also examine how you spend your time. For example, who do you spend your time with? What is the quality of the time you spend with others?
You could look at choices you make for yourself. For example, what are your goals, your exercise, eating, drinking, or work habits?
You could also look at your performance in a role you fulfil, such as a worker, a parent, a child, a partner, etc. Evaluate your goals and progress towards them.
As you gain confidence in your ability to be honest with yourself, continue to challenge yourself by approaching topics you feel less comfortable addressing.
Be careful not to pick and choose what you assess based only on how comfortable you feel about the topic. If you avoid things that make you uncomfortable, you may be avoiding the most important issues of all.
Set some time aside for yourself
Get up earlier or later than your family, or find a quiet space where you can sit and think. Some people think better while doing some other simple task (such as laundry) or while walking. Find out what works for you.
Write things down
Putting something in words helps you to be specific. You can write in whatever way you feel comfortable, be it lists, notes, cartoons, drawings, or maps. If you are not a writer, consider talking into a tape recorder or recording your thoughts some other way.
Instead of vague, broad assessments, come up with specific strengths and areas for improvement. This will help you when the time comes to take action.
Be gentle on yourself and maintain perspective
Through all of this remember to separate your behaviours from who you are as a person. You are not your actions and your actions do not define your self worth.
As you focus on areas of improvement, it can seem like all you are ever doing is “improving” yourself. So make sure to focus on areas where you do not need improvement.