Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Reverb10 - Day 17: Lesson learned

December 17 – Lesson Learned.

What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

(Author: Tara Weaver)

In 2010, I took quite a number of workshops and trainings about personal leadership and personal development. Most workshops gave me some important tools which are necessary when doing a PhD, but one course went much deeper.

In that course (which is not completely finished yet), we are a group of 6 PhD students and a coach. The big eye-opener for myself in that course was when I came to realize that the real source of all little distractions and disturbances is not more than a coping mechanism. It helps a bit to use more tools, plan better, keep track of your time. But as long as there are these underlying thoughts and doubts, you will not advance as well as you would like.

During the exercises in the course, I've managed to get to know my own pitfalls. I have learned so much about myself, and how certain of my personality traits cause me to act in certain ways.

The next step, also in the course, is to write out a plan of action. With all I've learned about myself in the back of my head, I now need to move forward and see what I can improve. I plan to work on this plan of action some time late January, early February. And as I wrote before, I will use this blog as a place to reflect on my progress.

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