Observation is a Super-Power
Namaste guys! Observation is a super power. Now I can relate to your thinking that it has something to do with experimentation or meditation but that is not at all the case.
Observation is the most important skills to create change in life. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says observe means “to watch carefully especially with attention to details or behavior for the purpose of arriving at a judgment “.
In my opinion, without observation no change lasts forever. If you want to create change in your life, you need to learn to observe. Now why is that the case?
The most important skill
You see when we realize something about ourselves or when we become conscious, we stand a better chance of changing it. We become aware and so we can change.
This is why people start meditation. Meditation creates awareness.
In a sense the function of observation is to create self-awareness. When you become aware of your daily life actions, you will become more self-aware.
Although it is not as easy to observe as it is to say it, it is relatively easier than learning from life’s difficult problems.
Observation is not thinking or judging. It is in the moment.
Why do people observe? To find the truth about something. And unless you know the truth about something how can you change it?
See most people observe other people and judge them but very few people observe themselves in other to find the truth about themselves.
Being on a constant big picture lookout for what is going on in your life and not judging is a very good way to observe.
By doing this you can really improve your behavior, actions and motivations.
Not a group activity
Observation is not something that you can mastermind in a group meeting. It is a very personal and individual activity.
If other people judge you, then it won’t have as much effect on your change as much as it would have if you observe yourself and then come to a judgement about yourself.
And then you can create a desired change in your life.
You need to be the only compass for your life by developing an inner compass.
It is not about a follow a leader or a group of people or an ideology. It’s about follow yourself, your inner compass. And it starts with observation.
Using observation to build skill
We can build our skills and traits by using observation. I talked about this in my article on journaling.
Just observing your actions or your expressions on a video can create self-awareness.
As Grant Cardone advises to observe your actions during selling but keeping a journal or just video recording yourself can improve your sales skills.
Suppose you want to improve your public speaking skills like me. You can record yourself on video and watch those videos to note down the flaws and mistake in the video.
This can massively improve any skill.
You can use observation to find your purpose.
I used to meditate. I started meditation because I wanted to build my confidence. As a result, I became aware of my thoughts and motivations.
It was not easy to realize my own biases and judgements but it was worth my time.
I became more grounded and mentally stronger than before.
But it was not until I followed my dreams to create motivational content that I found a hint to what my purpose in life could be.
Although it was a result of facing the fear of failure that I was able to follow my dreams, meditation or observation had played a big part in this journey.
Observation and Meditation
According to me the goal of meditation is to return to the state zero or the neutral state of feeling blissful. It is from this state that one can stop judgements and just observe oneself.
It is important that you don’t judge yourself.
Don’t follow your thoughts. Instead follow your awareness.
Methods for observation
We cannot learn observation from someone else. But there are way to observe.
Some of them are-
- Video recording
- Audio recording
There is no how to observation. If you are asking how that means there is something that you don’t understand about observation.
Although the above is the case, mimicking can be an option to observation. Mimic observation. More on that in a later blog.
In life there are many random things. We create the biggest problems in life by us not understanding the problems or misunderstanding them.
By observation one can find the patterns in life and get an understanding of that aspect of life.