Wow, who knew how suddenly the world could change? We were all busy with our usual routines when, in a flash, we weren’t. The Covid-19 virus has shown how fragile our business worlds and social structures can be.

We’ve quickly learned new phrases like ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-isolating’. I have been educated on how to wash my hands correctly too. And I’m betting many of you, like me, have cracked skin from washing those hands to prove it!

 

Many of us have been forced to slow down and change the way we work and change the services we provide to our customers. Apart from the heroes providing essential services, the rest of us are getting used to a new pattern of working from home. This is an ideal time for self-reflection.

There are many, many quotes about the importance of self-reflection. People have been writing about it for centuries. One I feel sums up how I feel right now is: “We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.”

The business world revolves at a head-spinning pace. We operate ‘just-in-time’ manufacturing, we eat ‘fast food’ and create ‘AI’ - to infinity and beyond! But, for a brief time at least, we’ve stopped and there’s an opportunity to stare into the water and see our reflection.

“We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” – Zen quote

Why not make the most of this pause to focus on yourself? Did you know researchers (Wood 2013) have shown that we think more than 50,000 thoughts per day and over half of those thoughts are negative. 90% of those negative thoughts are just re-runs of what we were thinking yesterday.

“We think more than 50,000 thoughts per day and over half of those thoughts are negative”

Take the opportunity for some real self-reflection. Here are some ideas and questions to get you started:

  • Write down 10 words you would use to describe yourself
  • Are you currently living the life you want to live?
  • What are the things you’ve stopped aiming for?
  • What stopped you?

The time is now! During the next few weeks I’ll be posting examples of people (including me) who are taking the opportunity to self-reflect and find positive things to re-focus their thinking and their lives. Stay tuned and feel free to post your comments too.

Until then, stay healthy, look after your loved ones and give thanks to those heroes providing us with vital emergency services despite the risks.

Grant