At the end of the week I reflect on what went well, what’s not working, and what I learned. The key is to write down an observation and then add specific supporting examples. What I typically find is that I’m drawing conclusions from a small number of instances—or none at all. This is often enough to dispel broad based worrying that accumulates at the end of the week (especially on weeks that haven’t gone well).
- Writing forces you to think analytically and leads to clarifying understanding (even when it’s your own feelings)
- Writing is like getting naked in public, I imagine doing a weekly reflection with some small audience would be even more effective
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Being afraid of something can cause us to make the exact wrong decision because fear is bad advice. In business, it might be a sign that you should do the opposite of what we’re afraid of.