Saturday, September 23, 2017

Look Back & Retrospect

Namaste friends and freelancers.

How have you been this week? I hope you had a great week and looking forward to an eventful weekend too. I am looking forward to it as well.

Here I am with the 3rd post in this 16 Weeks Blogging Challenge. If you have not read the last two posts yet, please feel free to scroll down and go through my blog. In this challenge, I am writing some motivational and informative articles for the online entrepreneurs and freelancers. If you are one, this post, this challenge and this entire blog is perfectly designed and dedicated to you. I hope you can find something to learn, while you are here.

In this post, I am going to talk about looking back or simply, retrospection. Today, I will urge you to look back over the last few years and remember the events of your life that have taken place during those years. These need not only be the special occurrences. Include everything that you can remember. If you can remember any of those events, take it for granted that that event is of some importance to you, in some way or the other. Look back, remember and try to re-live those moments.

Done? Not yet? Come on, you can do it. It is easy. Just sit back, take a deep breath, relax and try to recall all that you can. Take a few moments away – maybe you can pause reading my post and close your eyes and go back to those times and events for a couple of minutes, right now! Go for it!

What did you find? Did you smile or you became sad remembering them? Did those memories leave you in sorrow or did they make you happy, excited and feeling bright? Memories summon weird emotions in us.



Whatever the result was, the main outcome of this exercise is to revisit your own past and point out to the experiences and learnings that you have gained from them – good, bad or even ugly. You have lived your past all by yourself – no one else did and all that has happened, has happened to you. You were exposed to your life from the closest distance possible. You have seen it all; didn’t you? Yes!

These events and incidents have made you stronger, matured and experienced in many ways. You are today, wherever and whatever you are, as a result of a combination of all these experiences and exposures. It is the time that we acknowledge and appreciate them too.

Since we have learned so much from our own lives, we have grown to be unique and special in our own, at our own place, with our own limitations and virtues. These are what we can now implement in our lives and in our career as a freelancer or online entrepreneur. It is important for every one of us to look back at these memories once in a while, acknowledge them, appreciate them and be thankful to each of these events and incidences. Look back and retrospect – as often as you possibly can.

Be thankful for these all, for they have made & transformed you to whoever you are today. Now, it is time to implement those in your business and shine as an online entrepreneur!

It is time to say thanks for all that you have achieved in life and have gained during the journey so far. You might have covered a long distance all by yourself. But not anymore! In your journey from now on, I will be there with you and together, we will be reaching much newer, better and higher levels. Come, let’s join hands.

Retrospection is the key in our lives in more than one way. We need to look back, from time to time and go through the unique and wonderful experiences that we have fortunately gained in life. We need to be thankful for the good memories because they gave us opportunities to smile and laugh; and be grateful for the bad ones too, because those gave us the right lessons of life, which we could have not learned anywhere else. They both are special to us. Thank them!

Retrospection or looking back also enables us to go back and think of our roots – the place of origin – from where we have descended. We should never forget our roots, for that’s what is strong within us. Our roots and the experiences and lessons that we have learned from life make us what we are today. And if we have to fall back, we can only expect support from our roots. They will always be there to hold us up and provide us with answers to questions critical to our survival. And my friend, retrospection is the only way to remain in touch with our roots, our memories, and learning from life.

When you sit back, relax and think of your life so far, you will be able to recall events that happened and along with that, you will also know how those things happened. If there are certain things that you would want to evade in future, you would instantly know the things that you need to stop or avoid doing. Thomas Alva Edison failed numerous times before inventing the working light bulb. And when he looked back in retrospect, he could not see his failures; rather, he was quoted to say that he learned as many ways of how not to make a light bulb. That my friend is the power of retrospection.

And while creating your future and establishing yourself as a freelancer and an online entrepreneur, you will need to be in constant touch with your past as well. Your future is hidden in your past. And hence, retrospection is the key thing for us all. From time to time, we must revisit our past and pause to take a look back at where we came from and what all we learned during the journey, called life!

This is all for this week’s article. I hope you liked my perspective as well. Let me know if you did or even if you did not. I agree that everyone is not bound to think alike. And just because you are reading my blog, you are certainly not bound to nod your head in agreement with whatever I say. So, come on and write what you feel. You need not think of anything else while expressing yourself on this blog. It is all yours; absolutely made for you!

I will wait to hear from you. Thanks for reading me so far. I will be back next Saturday with another post where we will look inwards – inside us and ask, do we have it in us? Really?

Till then, have a safe time. Enjoy each moment and live happily.

Hope you are following the 16 Weeks Podcast Challenge on my YouTube Channel as well. That’s where I talk about the same topic in a different style altogether. Let me know which one you liked.

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The Indian Freelancer
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