Be Your Own GPSAugust 5, 2021 2021-08-06 6:45
Be Your Own GPS
Be Your Own GPS
“There are two fatal errors that keep great projects from coming to life:
1) Not finishing
2) Not starting”
― Buddha Gautama
When you put a destination in your GPS, you need to know where you are starting from for the most efficient route. This is known as self-awareness. Once you are on the journey, you keep taking account of the distance you are covering and whether you need to increase your speed or take less frequent breaks. This is known as self-assessment.
In this highly stimulating world, with sensations keeping us on our toes, we often deny our strengths and weaknesses. We cannot transform without being aware of what we need to change. Being aware of your skills and flaws helps you navigate this life’s estuaries and make responsible choices.
“Only when we’re brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown.
Create your yardstick. Some people can spend ten hours a day with hardly two coffee breaks. But if you need four coffee breaks and can travel only four hours a day, that is okay too. Do not try to improve with respect to someone else. You are your competitor! If you are better than what YOU were yesterday, then it’s an achievement.
Focus on mindful assessment, where you are aware of yourself and take a holistic approach towards observing your progress.
- Be vulnerable to yourself.
It is not the world but your judgment about yourself that affects your self-image. If you are on a path to self-transformation, be true to yourself since it is your journey. Do not hesitate to ask yourself questions, however vulnerable they may be.
- Is this the best that I could have done?
- What made me compromise on a particular area?
- What are my strengths? How can I build upon them to overcome my weakness?
- Know where you want to go.
Once you know the place you are traveling to, you can account for the route and the distance that you are covering with your speed and assess if you need to improve. Once you have laid down your objectives, assessing your improvement becomes easier. It also becomes easier to accept your mistakes and work upon them.
- It is about personal victories.
Self-assessment is highly personalized. Customize it according to your life. No one but you has the power to design your assessment plan. Focus on what your priorities are and how much time you are willing to invest in your transformation. The purpose of your life hides most of your questions that you should ask yourself.
- Blueprints are easier to follow than dreams.
Put every small milestone on paper. Stick it on your desk to keep yourself motivated. When you know you are just four goals away from victory, you put in more effort towards winning rather than not knowing where you are heading. Putting them down on paper gives your journey a concrete form and encourages you to live it in the best possible way.
- Appease the greed in you.
Do not be a miser in rewarding yourself. No matter how small a victory, appreciate yourself. Acknowledgment drives most human emotions. A little appreciation goes a long way towards transforming your life. You will start looking forward to the reward, which will further motivate you to do your best.
In a world where people highly respect personal boundaries, peek inside your depths. Bare your soul to yourself so that you can make this journey worth what it is for you. Be like the mirror that reflects the truth; after all, you can only change if you know you need to change.
It is about transforming your life, and nobody but you have the right to grade yourself.
After all, who does not like to know the distance they have covered when traveling. It’s like a tab we keep on ourselves to know how far we have reached.
You are your actual critique and your motivator.
“People’s beliefs about their abilities have a profound effect on those abilities. Ability is not a fixed property; there is huge variability in how you perform. People who have a sense of self-efficacy bounce back from failures; they approach things in terms of how to handle them rather than worrying about what can go wrong.”
-Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence