Self Reflection: Take a Pause and Figure Out What Really Matters !!

Self Reflection: Take a Pause and Figure Out What Really Matters !!

Self Reflection: Take a Pause and Figure Out What Really Matters !!

It’s so easy to get caught up in our own competition. We strive to work harder and longer every day, trying to get to the highest levels of our performance. Then just when we think we’re getting closer to excellence, things start to slip, and balls start to drop. Why? Because you’re hurtling towards a burn out. But there’s a way to avoid this dangerous cycle, and it involves finally giving yourself a break. 

Remember, reflection is an intentional pause to review our actions, with a willingness to objectively analyze our own behavior, and potentially learn from missteps.

Socrates famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

And while this statement is certainly true, self-reflection is not necessarily an easy thing to practice. We live in an incredibly fast-paced world. Our mobile phones are constantly buzzing, social media is infinitely calling, and Netflix always has something new to binge on.

Taking the time for reflection is a bit of a lost art. Most of us, unfortunately, are living unexamined lives. But it's never too late to start, so let's get started ... :)

Wonderful Benefits of Self-Reflection :

  • If something is bothering you about a particular problem, sometimes you have to slow down to recognize it.

  • “The number of people who can walk outside and just look up is so small.” Hitting the nature in the middle of a workday may not be practical, but taking a short walk outside or even looking out the office window or at an indoor plant can help free up the mind.

  • Make a conscious effort to take a little time every day to celebrate progress or successes, rather than staying focused only on your list of to-dos.

  • “Reflection is often viewed as a gloomy, serious enterprise, where you ask: Where have I failed, and what should I do next?” Badaracco says. “But you ought to look at the full range of things you have already done, including non-work tasks, and pat yourself on the back occasionally.”

  • I think it’s so important to reflect on our accomplishments regularly. It not only helps us build confidence, but it also helps us figure out what we want our future to look like.

  • If we want to be sustainable or have long term success, whether it's at home or in your career as a leader, wherever in your life, pausing really helps to build that in, to create that sustainability where you can enhance things like needed downtime, and creativity.

  • It's a mind shift in that we've been taught to produce in the Industrial Age and just go go go, but the reality is, in our world and what we're working towards now, that we're 24/7, 1,440 minutes in a day. This pausing is a necessity, but if we don't take advantage to choose to want it or create that for ourselves, the chances of burnout or exhaustion go higher. And I think more importantly, it's about leading a really meaningful and satisfied life. 

  • Practicing self-reflection takes discipline and intentionality. It requires pressing pause on the chaos of life and simply taking the time to think and ponder about your life, which is not an easy thing for many people to do. But it’s an incredibly valuable practice.

  • This short video captures the importance of self-reflection beautifully: Click Here to Watch !!

  • We develop or increase our self-awareness as a direct by-product of the reflection process when we are also willing to learn, grow, and change.

What Self-Reflection is Not :

Before jumping into reflective self-analysis, it is also important to understand what reflection is not. Reflection isn't about beating yourself up or getting stuck in the past. You are not always wrong or bad — some of your behaviours and attitudes could be out of alignment or at cross purposes to your goals or values.

We can’t turn back time, or erase a negative conversation or outcome. Yet, we can learn from those instances & change our behaviours moving forward. While a routine practice of reflection will increase our self-awareness, it is also a gradual, repetitive process.

"Sustainable change requires both time and effort." & “Without Self-Reflection, We Drift.”

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