Now that performance reviews have begun, a select number of employees will be highly disappointed in the outcome of their review. It's always stated there should really be no surprise; that everyone knows in their gut what their performance has been. Knowing sometimes does not equate into expectations. So the question is more about what do you do when the outcome of your performance review is less than you expected?
The answer is in your choice. You choose the reaction to the outcome. You can choose to live in the disappointment or take the disappointment to create an individual call to action. Understand that by living in the disappointment you have already put a stop gate in front of you that limits you going forward. It may not be that you'll get the big promotion or the next big project, however, you can create a personal success that catapults you personally to another level. Change the disappointment factor to a learning factor and build on the knowledge of past experiences to repeat what worked and to remove or change what did not go so well.
Seek feedback from trusted sources. Don't go for just the smile and pat on the back saying everything you do is good. That's just not the case with anyone, so forgo those points of feedback. Go to those who always provide balanced and solid feedback. It may hurt but it will help.
So go from performance review to performance anew and choose not to live in the disappointment.