Well, that’s fantastic. You can’t beat that feeling of confidence when you approach any task in life. It’s a solid way to assure victory!
But wait. Is the statement “My Assessment of Myself Is That I Am Skilled” always 100% accurate?
The answer is relative.
There is no way we can unequivocally make the statement that we have the absolute best and/or most proficient skill set for any given task.
Let’s talk about basic software skills such as Microsoft Excel. You may be assigned something such as creating an annual sales report broken down by month and product. After handling a few of these types of assignments could easily state “I am skilled at Microsoft Excel”.
Is that exactly true though?
What if your next administrative task is to merge cells, or create a pivot table, or hyperlink formulas to various sheets? Your personal assessment will drastically change if you have never handled any of these skill subsets. This leads to an important couple of statements.
Your skills assessment is based on what you know and not necessarily on the entire scope of available knowledge of the subject.
Your skills assessment must be commensurate with the degree of education and best practices application you have experienced.
Why be this realistic and honest with yourself?
It’s all a part of emotional intelligence.
Self-awareness is one of the building blocks.
So if someone asks you to describe your skill level on any particular subject or application, be sure to think of that skill in subsets and be confident enough to explain your proficiency in those subsets and humble enough to declare where you need more education to take that skill to the next level.