“9 Essential Tips to Reboot and Refuel Yourself” was written by Geetika Shukla, a SWE Member and FY20 Global Ambassador.
As we get ready to move toward a new day with new possibilities and opportunities, it is time for us to reflect on the following points which are essential to reboot and refuel:
Root for Equality
Work toward asking for and building a world of equity, equality and parity. Push for equality, one that is inclusive and spreads across the diversity on this terra firma. Equality does not mean beseeching favors and shortcuts in the name of diversity. Ask for equal opportunity and rights. Earn your success. Work your way toward your passion and objective. Take it easy when required and most importantly, let yourself be. As Tom Robbins said, “Equality is not in regarding different things similarly, equality is in regarding different things differently.”
Keep on Learning
Learning and reading never go out of fashion. From learning a new skill, new technology, new language, or a new way of approaching a problem, a life-long commitment to learning is essential today. In the words of Michael Scott in The Office, ”The day we stop learning is the day we are finished.”
Lift Others Up
Support others. It feels great to succeed. However, true success can not be achieved by trampling everyone in your way or isolating yourself. Help those who need support, guidance or simply a push to move forward. Especially help those who do not have equal privileges.
It is always great to seek opportunities, but have we ever thought about the other side of the wall? Why not create opportunity rather than simply asking for it? Use your strengths. What is that keeps you awake? What makes you tick?
Be Kind to Yourself
Have you ever thought about being kind and compassionate to yourself? As much as the whole world needs us to be benevolent toward them, we have an equal need to be tender toward our own selves. Lalah Delia says, “Take a pause to appreciate yourself and how far you have come.” Pat yourself on the back before you set out on your new journey.
Own your shortcomings. Own your successes. Own your responsibilities. Acknowledge your flaws. Accept your failures. Reserve the ownership of every little decision that you make and every tiny step that you take because that is what will ultimately propel you toward the apex of your aspirations.
Organize your space, whether it is your desk at work or your home. Discard the “know-it-all “or “do-it-all” mindset. Be a child again and gear up to learn. Keep your goal in sight. Remove the obstacles that blur your vision.
Express gratitude. Acknowledge the efforts of all those people whether it’s your parents, spouse, children, and colleagues, or anyone who helped you in some way or the other to reach to the position where you are. As Marcus Tullius Cicero said: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
And finally, the concluding point before we gear up to acknowledge and relish all the things mentioned above:
Eat that chocolate brownie.
It is okay to have a cheat day 😊