Having touched on the importance of the mindset, and the 2 different types as defined by Carol Dweck, this brings us to the next topic which i’d like to touch on; reflection.
We all have a desire to live a fulfilled and meaningful life, and dread reaching old age only to rue missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. That is why we adopt a growth mindset, set ourselves goals and targets and set off on our journeys of self discovery and personal growth. This is where the importance of reflecting on our decisions and choices comes in.
Reflection allows us to analyse our thoughts and feelings, as well as choices made, decisions taken and opportunities missed. It helps us to identify what worked well, what didn’t, what we should be doing more of and what we should try to avoid. Contemplation is a great way to review what has been experienced and learned.
Moreover, it is a great way to monitor our goals and progress towards meeting them. Through reflection, we revisit our goals and are able to identify what progress is being made. This is a great way to identify strengths, weaknesses, successes and failures and identify the best way to move forward. And once a goal is completed, reflection helps to identify new challenges to be tackled in order to continue on the journey of growth.
Reflection, however is more than just the tracking of our progress towards our goals. It helps us to learn from our mistakes, but more importantly, it helps to increase our self awareness. Through the regular exploration of our thoughts and feelings, we learn what motivates us and makes us happy as well as identifying our fears and insecurities. It also sheds light on our decision-making processes, helping to identify why we made certain decisions and what we would do differently if faced with a similar situation in the future. This helps us to identify the person we want to be, and what steps we need to take to make that a reality.
Reflection is deeply personal and only you can decide what frequency and format works best for you. Myself, I reflect at the end of every day before bed and I do this in a journal. I recap my day and some of the areas I revisit are the decisions I made, the interactions I had and whether my actions took me closer towards my goals. I look at how productive my day was overall, and what further action I can take in the coming days.
I would love to hear from you about your views on reflection and whether it offers any benefits. In the next post, we will be looking at journaling, what it is and what benefits it offers.