I reflect a lot. I write about my reflection and devotion to that on here often.
But one thing I’ve noticed about the last year:
It’s changed my methodology around reflection.
I used to rely a lot on the feedback I received from others. I naturally surround myself with honest people that will tell me when I’m not acting myself or when I’m wrong. I like that. I try to take that advice seriously.
That was a life we knew before the pandemic forever changed the workplace and how we conduce relationships with others.
I work from home three days a week and on the two days I’m actually in the office, there is hardly much conversation. No interaction other than Zoom for the most part.
So now I’ve got to try to internalize a true perception of myself while also taking account of how I make look on someone else’s screen.
Did I mention, with no feedback for reference?
Business in this manner makes me feel like I’m only going through the motions and don’t have much control over my own career.
So I think both personally and professionally, I need to really sit down with myself and think about how others may feel when we interact. I know I can do better at home; I’ve let a few too many curse words slip now that we’ve got a talking and brilliant toddler. And I can always do better at listening to understand Dylan, rather than thinking of my response to what he’s saying. We’re pretty upfront about everything when needed.
Anywhooo, the overall gist is that self-reflection is hard, especially after feeling the effects of a global pandemic. So don’t put too much pressure on yourself when thinking about how much better you could be, but rather consider how many things you are ROCKIN. Cut yourself some slack – EVERYONE is under their own form of stress right now. We’re all trying to adjust to something new. We’ll make it through it.