Light itself is invisible until it reflects from something and hits our eyes. In the same way, the elements of our life are invisible until we take the time to actually see them through our mind’s eye. Self-reflection is taking the time to see the successes and failures, the opportunities and challenges, and the mental and physical development that makes each of us who we are.
It’s a fresh decade and a new year, so add some self-reflection to your New Year’s resolutions and get ready to dive into 2020 with a whole new perspective.
Self-reflection has been shown to significantly improve learning and performance. It is a very useful tool to develop and fulfill potential.
Self reflection is not a moment of judgment or criticism. It is a chance to improve your strengths, align your values and goals, and track your growth. By taking the time to do a little self-evaluation and introspection through reflection, you can improve yourself and the things you do.
In the moment, small things can seem so important. But taking the time to truly reflect can allow you to see them in the scheme of the larger picture.
Reflection allows worries and concerns to be processed in a constructive way. By making sense of our own and others’ actions, we allow contextual perspective to make sense of what has happened.
When we reflect on the positive, we can see that sometimes we are getting it right. Little mistakes seem less overwhelming when we know they aren’t the only kind of decisions we make. Even the littlest things done in a day can be celebrated. Made that deadline? Great! Chose that healthy lunch instead of donuts in the faculty lounge? Outstanding!
Reflect on all your accomplishments by adding appreciation for the little things of each day. It will help you make it through the tougher failures.
Reconnect with those moments in life that influenced your goals and positive decisions. Reflecting on your day, your week, your “anytime” can help you reconnect to the inspirations you’ve had and need. Empower the direction of the future by thinking about the inspiring moments and thoughts that will keep you moving forward in life.
We become more confident when working with our strengths. When we know we are really good at something, our confidence is boosted and our determination is set afire. Self-reflecting on strengths can help you borrow some of that confidence in matters that you may struggle with.
Make the most of your strengths when you feel weak. Reflect on the skills you excel at and how you can apply them to different challenges.
Everyone makes mistakes. Taking the time to reflect can help you take those mistakes and failures, process what went wrong, and prevent them in the future. The past makes us who we are but it can also help us remember who we want to be.
Reflection allows you to press the reset button for the goals you ultimately hope to achieve. Rediscover what you wish to repeat and what needs to change. Take note of the people or elements that are draining or causing a dip in productivity and move away from those toxic things. Take the time to clarify who you are and what you truly want.
Reflection isn’t always easy. It can take time, effort, and purposeful thinking. And most feel so overwhelmed just making it through the day, that finding time to think about it seems impossible. But, like all the important things in life, creating a time to reflect is too important to ignore.
Self-reflection isn’t just thinking about what’s happened but also about asking yourself the tough questions. Thought-provoking questions deepen the inquiry process. Use these questions to help you challenge your thinking and to remind yourself of who you are and what you hope to be.
Everything happens for a reason. So what are the reasons behind what happened to you recently? Think more deeply about your answers and the reasons behind them. One word isn’t going to cut it. Take the time to think about the reasons behind your answers.
Remember: It’s not just about how you would change the same situation, but how can you apply this experience to other related or unrelated situations. Pull together all your answers and thoughts to learn, change, and improve.
Rather than carrying on and doing things as you’ve always done them, take the time to reflect in positive ways. Be smarter. Reflect to better face challenges, give yourself insight, and make each day more fulfilling. Make your theme for the year 2020 hindsight and you’ll be able to head into the year ahead with crystal clarity.