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Take a step back… and Reflect

Take a step back… and Reflect

When was the last time you took a moment to step back and reflect? I mean truly paused for a second and thought about who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to be. You can’t tell who you are or who you are becoming without reflection. Let’s take a moment to process this. What exactly is reflection? 

 

Reflection: A serious thought or a consideration; an idea about something especially one that is written down or expressed. 

 

Think about it for a second. Every major life moment decision you ever made you had to take time to think, to process, and truly consider. Choosing your college, what major you wanted to study, the people you wanted in your life, or even choosing where to live. The thing is every single day is a big decision. Every day is an opportunity for greatness, however, sometimes we are just looking far too close to see the big picture or path. 

 

Self-reflection is more than just seeing your progress and comparing your successes. It’s about seeing what steps you made today to help achieve your dreams. It also allows you time to truly nail in on your dream. As well as the steps you may want to take to get closer to your overall goal. Seeing those big dreams also comes with those thoughts of doubt. 

 

I think the biggest reason so many people are afraid to take a step back and reflect is they already know they are not going to like what they see. Mainly because so many of us just go through the motions to get to the next day. Rather than reflecting on those motions to make the changes. The truth is I have yet to meet someone who started off at the bottom and woke up as CEO on Day 2. We let doubt and the opinions of others come in and cloud our visions which prevent progress. Taking time to do a self-reflection is more about seeing your progress than anything else. 

How do you reflect?

  • Choose a time every day to be alone with your thoughts and feelings
    • This could be at the end of the day before you go to bed, or it can be the first thing in the morning to reflect on the previous day and how it set you up for that day.
  • Think about your actions as a whole
    • Take time to think about what you did, why you did them, and how it impacted you. Did they make you better or worse?
  • Consider writing down your thoughts
    • Reflection often leads to alow of questions about where you want to be as well as a lot of realization on where you want to go. Sometimes these thoughts are just too much to now write down.

What are some ways to help with Self/Daily Reflection?

  • Take time each day to reflect on the highs and lows as well as your actions. 
    • Ask yourself what brought me happiness today? What things could I have done better? 
  • Take a look at where you have been to get to where you currently are? 
    • What actions/decisions did you do/make that brought you to where you are? 
  • Think of what you have learned…
    • Has your new knowledge and skills taught you more about the goal you are chasing 
  • Look at your daily goals/to-do list 
    • What were you able to do? What did you not get done? Why/why not? Could you have done more? 
  • Think back to a year ago… 
    • What has changed? Are you in a better place? Are you happier? 
  • Take time to think about where you want to be 
    • What actions/Steps today did you do/make to make that goal more achievable?
  • Reminder yourself that you’re not doing this to be perfect your doing this to achieve progress.

 

We often think that taking time to reflect only shows us how much we failed instead of seeing how far we have come. When in reality when we stop take a step back and reflect we’re able to see where we have been and where we want to go.  The truth is that we often forget no one wakes up and has it all together overnight. It takes time and millions of little steps of progress. The progress that we may not have seen had we not had a moment of self-reflection. 

 

If you still don’t believe me think about this; even people who win the lottery have to take a step back and reflect. They have to figure out how they are going to collect, who are they going to tell, what they are going to use their winnings on, and even how they are going to continue living their life. The same thing applies to you, in order to live your life the way you need to do you are going to have to take a step back and reflect. 

Often at times, we get so caught up in our own lives that we forget our life is full of options, opinions, and choices that we forget to take a step back and truly look at where we are going, and admire how far we have come. We all have overcome a lot and it is worth celebrating on our way achieve our dreams.

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