For many organizations this is the time of year when employers require their employees to complete some kind of performance evaluation. These evaluations help both management and team members to reflect on work performances over the past year; their accomplishments, their opportunities and their challenges as a starting point to begin planning strategies for the coming year. However, I think a lot can be said for evaluating one’s own performance yearly in personal matters as well. An old proverb states, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.” This time of year is always exciting to me. It’s an opportunity to look back over the year, and mark my own accomplishments, challenges, and even misses. I write a list of my accomplishments and my challenges. For my challenges, I will chart a plan on how to conquer them in the near future. But I spend most of time accessing my misses. I look for the what, why and how. I want to know where the spot of the foul took place that caused the specific misses. So before 2011 ends, I will wake up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning, make a cup of tea, and with pen and journal in hand, begin to answer the following questions. The answers to these questions will begin to shape my goals and expectations for myself in the newness awaiting me in 2012. What are my accomplishments this year? What are the challenges I encountered? How did I address them? What areas my I need to improve? What are my goals next year? (List at least 5) What are the skills or resources I need in order reach my goals for next year?