Engaging in self assessment is one of the best ways to start your journey of self improvement. It allows you to really look at your own life and take stock of where you are doing well and where you need to improve.
It is meant to be an objective observation of your own life. Taking stock of where you are succeeding and achieving your goals as well as recognizing where you are lacking, or even failing to meet your own goals helps you to define where you are at in life and what your next steps should be.
During your self assessment, keep gentleness, grace, and forgiveness readily on hand. Keeping your pride or ego in check is also needed. Having that balanced view of your life is absolutely necessary to have an accurate view of yourself. The pitfall of self assessment is that it can be a slippery slope into self-deprecation, self-defeat, anxiety, and depression if you are not carefully balanced in your view on your areas of life. A self-assessment is meant to be a guide post to improving your life, not a whipping post that leads you down a dark path.
There are many more ways a person slips into the Pitfall of Self-Assessment, a lot of which can fall under categories that are very personalized to the individual. If you find you are struggling to objectively complete a self-assessment, you might want to find someone who can support and guide you through completing the assessment with an objective view.