Updated: May 3, 2020
"Spend an hour alone either in silence, or with calming music. Think about who were you were in the beginning of your career and who you are now."
“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.” This quote by Soren Kierkegaard really hits home these days. With all that’s going on, we now can look at our petty quarrels with freshness likened to Ebenezer Scrooge taken through his life review in A Christmas Carol. For many of us, this Pandemic brings a new sense of understanding and gratitude, not only to our personal lives, but professional lives as well.
Though it is unfortunate that something of this magnitude was the only thing able to shake us from the hamster wheel; now that we have nothing but time, let’s use it for reflection.
Here are some ways to start:
1. Think back on Your Career Journey
Spend an hour alone either in silence, or with calming music. Think about who were you were in the beginning of your career and who you are now. Remember the creativity, the friendships, the failures and the triumphs. Get out a notebook and write down moments which are particularly memorable.
2. Give Yourself a Reflective Review
There is something about a major tragedy that takes the ego out of a person. It is said that the only time a man can be fully honest with himself is when he sets his ego aside. Think about situations, both recent and in the past, and assess your behavior. How did you handle it when things did not go in your favor? Did you get emotional? Or were you able to make a decision with a clear mind and sense of purpose?
There are no right or wrong answers, just jot down your thoughts.
3. How Can you Be Better?
While revisiting you career journey, identify things you could have done better. During my own career review, I realized the times I was defensive and dramatic when dealing with conflict. Those reactions did nothing but add fire to the situation and I see that I could have handled things in more mature way.
Note any negative behavior patterns and see how those behaviors impacted your work life.
4. What Are Actions You Can Take Now?
The best thing we can do with reflection is change our actions moving forward. The time to begin is today! If you consistently procrastinate responding to email, start the habit of allotting a half hour in the morning dedicated to managing your emails. Take actionable steps to becoming a more thoughtful and introspective employee and see how people respond.
This is truly the time to reflect and improve. Learn the lessons of your mistakes and take them with you as you continue to write the story of your career. Now is the time to decide what kind of professional person you want to be moving forward.
Inspiration of the Day: “When everything is uncertain, everything that is important becomes clear.”
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