Sometimes when you learn something new, it is like a light bulb coming on. You begin to see things you did not see before. The world did not change, but your view of it did. Reflection can help you turn on those light bulbs.
Experience without reflection is nothing but a record of your work. Experience with reflection is enlightening. The reflection process allows you to grow, learn, and break through barriers.
Reflection can probe deeper, and suddenly an experience becomes illuminated, and your understanding and view of the world changes. How can you make your daily reflection this productive? Ask yourself probing open ended questions. Don’t only review the surface of your day, but dig deep. Here are some questions for you to consider:
1. How did my actions reflect my values? Where can I improve my actions or attitude to better reflect the values I hold?
2. Who did I help? How did I increase the potential for someone?
3. What is the one most important thing that I can do to increase my potential or reach my goal?
4. What did I do that distracted me from my goals? Where were the sources of my distraction? What do I need to do differently?
5. How have I served my family, my team, and my friends today?
6. If I knew I would be successful, what one thing should I do tomorrow?
7. What false limitations have I placed upon myself?
8. Have I unleashed my enthusiasm and passion? Where am I holding back?
If you are not routinely using a reflection process in your life, grab a journal or pad of paper, and get started today. Only you can light your path.