The first quarter of 2019 is done and dusted. You are still here and that is the best gift anyone could ever ask for. As you cross over, embracing your career, life wins, and losses and promising to do and be better you might just need to take something with you. Reflection, the one tool that may ensure your second quarter is better than the first.
Margaret J. Wheatley a teacher, community builder, and writer of her newest book “Who do we choose to be” said, ?Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.?
By reflecting on your career and life, you will learn, you will grow and most importantly you will see a pattern in the actions that you took and the learnings from those actions. Research conducted by two Harvard professors on reflection found that we become and perform better when we take the time to reflect. They also discovered that Reflection allows one to develop confidence in their ability to achieve a specific goal, which ultimately leads to a higher degree of performance.
Getting Practical – Career and life
Almost everything in life is easier said than done, and because of that, we believe starting small might be more impactful than jumping right into what we want to achieve. So, start with these questions, they will help you get started on the journey to develop a reflective mindset and lifestyle.
- What did I do well last quarter?
- What are the three biggest epic fails I have had?
- What can I learn from them?
- How have I become better than I was three months ago?
- What are two things I can?t believe I use to think or believe?
- What are two things that make me an amazing human?
What we love about these questions is the fact that they can be personalized to fit any area of your life. It is clear that these are not goal setting questions but more a review of how well you are keeping up with the goals you set for your career or life.
With this, we wish you a great start to the second quarter of 2019. You can develop the confidence you need to grow into your best self at work and in life just by being reflective.