I don't think that I've met anyone who actually enjoys a performance review. I know that I never have been a big fan.

Unfortunately, performance reviews are necessary to determine if your career is headed up or down.

You get to see how productive you've been, where you've best contributed to the business, and where you stack up against your colleagues.

You also must tackle the "opportunities for growth" area as well.

As nerve-racking as this evaluation may be, you may actually be making matters worse by unconsciously sabotaging your review. Watch out for these 7 signs you're making your own life harder:

1. Only focusing on the negative