How Can Daily Reflection Boost Your Electrical Career
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
– Carl Jung.
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Self-reflection is a great way to awaken your potential and always be conscious of how you are doing, where you are, and what you are up to. On paper, it might seem easy, but come to think of it, you are being constantly bombarded with information from all the sides. And when, at the end of your workday, you reach home, it seems like there is no motivation or energy left to do any thinking. Well, that’s alright. I feel you. But, but, but, when you reach home, you have to take a few minutes to reflect on the day. I am not asking you to do it right away. Rather, make some time before you go to bed to review your day. Reflect on the day.
What could have been done better?
What could you have changed?
Was every task up to your performance level?
Are you happy about the things you have accomplished today?
These questions will set your brain in motion and make you think about the things you did well and the areas where you can improve remarkably! Reflection leads to improvement because if you have a growth mindset, then you will know the areas you need to work upon and make a decision to gain more knowledge, skill, and training in that area. Thus, the secret to performance improvement is to reflect every day about your work. Use these insights next time you are on job!
Reflection also pushes you to do better in the “performance zone” as well as the “learning zone.” According to Eduardo Briceño’s TED talk How to get better at the things you care about, there are two zones in life - the performance zone and the learning zone. You have to keep alternating between the two zones to improve your performance. Thus when you reflect you will know which skill comes in the above two zones and be able to act upon it to be more successful.
One of the best way to establish a “reflection routine” is to use The Five Minute Journal. Many people have started using it after Tim Ferriss, the author of the 4-hour work week, recommended it. The journal has a morning routine and a night routine.
Every morning, you are supposed to think about 3 things you are grateful for today. Imagine how effective it can be! Many times you sleepwalk through life, unaware of how lucky you really have been. So this act of gratitude will make you realise that things are not always as bad as they might seem at the moment and that there is something to be always thankful for. You know, the Holocaust survivor and renowned psychologist, Viktor Frankl managed to find something to be thankful for even in a Nazi detention camp. You can read more about how he found something to be grateful about in those terrifying times and emerged a survivor in his book Man’s search for meaning.
At night, when you think about the day, you can write about the two awesome things that happened today and a positive affirmation like:
“I am happy that you read my article today.”
What are you grateful for? Do you plan to reflect every day?
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