The beauty of this life is that nobody has it all figured out. Sometimes we think we come across a pattern and we form theories that guide our decisions and actions, but ultimately we discover each day what works and what doesn’t.
Reflection is a deeper form of learning that allows us to retain every aspect of any experience, be it personal or professional. It’s taking time to think deeply about why something took place, what the impact was, whether it should happen again rather than just remembering that it happened. It’s about tapping into every aspect of the experience, clarifying our thinking, and honing in on what really matters to us.
The discovery of what works or what doesn’t is what we call “personal reflection”. It is important that every now and then we sit down Intentionally and reflect on the different phases and aspects of our lives. We identify the things that worked and the things that didn’t, the decisions that brought us gain and the ones that didn’t. We look at the thoughts that led up to the decisions we made and the guiding factors.
The most advised form of reflection is to keep a journal. The act of writing can summon ideas and thoughts that would have just kept going on around in your head. It allows you to dump everything out on paper (or a screen) and then sort it out and make sense of it in a way that enhances your life.
When we look back in retrospect, and add it up to looking inwards in introspect then we can understand why we are where we are, what we could have done better and what to change.
Make personal reflection a part of your day today.