Reflection:

a thought, idea, or opinion formed, or a remark made as a result of meditation.

consideration of some subject matter, idea, or purpose

The Purpose of Reflection:

  • Spending intentional time to reflect on how things are going.
  • What are you doing well?
  • Where can you improve?
  • In project management we call it lessons learned and use it to record knowledge gained during a project. You can only retain knowledge if you are intentional about recording that knowledge for discussion and making improvements going forward.
  • Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come from age. Wisdom comes from intentional reflection and course corrections.

“The key to doing something right may lie in the feedback you get from doing it wrong.” – An Wang

What to Reflect upon:

  • Family – One of the most precious gifts we are given is our family, how are we maintaining and improving upon our relationships. Who have we gained in our families? Children, Grandchildren, In-laws. Is there a family member that you need to forgive or show grace to?

As hard as this is…..Who have we lost? What did we learn from this loved one that we can emulate?

  • Finance – What is your primary source of income? Can you advance in your career to improve your income? Do you have a secondary source or side hustle? What are you doing to improve your finances? How are your investments performing? Should you be investing more? You might need a separate session with a financial advisor to reflect upon your finances.
  • Friends – What have you done to maintain and improve your relationships with your friends? Have you shown yourself friendly and made friends? Is there a friend that you need to forgive or show grace to? Ask yourself: Did I provide value to others?

A Place to Reflect:

  • Where is a great place for you to spend time reflecting?

For me it is a rocking chair on the porch with birds singing and a breeze blowing.

I also have times of reflection on long road trips between clients.

  • Remember you must be intentional to get the best benefit from your time of reflection.
  • Get away from your day-to-day business, find a quiet spot, make sure you are comfortable and free from distractions.

Be sure to have a pad and pencil not only to record your reflective thoughts but also to write down those things that try to distract you while you are being reflective. I have found that if I can write it down, I don’t feel the need to take care of the distraction before I forget it. 😊

If you use your phone or computer to take notes, put them in airplane mode so that you limit the distractions that these devices create.

A couple of quotes on reflection and where / how to reflect:

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” – Peter Drucker

“The best thinking has been done in solitude; the worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas Edison

Scheduling Reflection:

  • Be intentional to set aside time for reflection, a few minutes at the end of each day, a few hours a month a half or full day at the end of the year. You might want to begin slow and grow into larger time commitments as you learn to reflect intentionally.
  • Commit to uninterrupted quality reflection time, put it on your schedule and keep this commitment. You will only understand the gift of reflection once you make the time to complete the exercise of reflection.
  • Decide how often you will reflect going forward, this should be an ongoing commitment, not a one-time exercise.
  • Experience and thoughtful reflection sharpen intuition.

Reactor or Creator

Are you reacting to what life deals you or are you creating your life by intentional design? You can create the life you want by being intentional with self-reflection and creating achievable goals. Lean into your own growth and development.

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