One of the hardest parts of personal growth is building the muscle of self-reflection. At the start it feels like one of the hardest habits to build and perhaps even a little self-indulgent. Yet, as this article ‘Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing it‘ shows people who reflected for just 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting about lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect.
The first step is to think about what questions you might want to pay attention to for for a while. Some thoughts:
- When today have I played to my strengths?
- What have I left unsaid?
- When today was I triggered into a less resourceful version of myself?
- How could I have been more impactful today?
Next step is to think about how you want to do your reflection. For some (me included) a journal specifically dedicated to this task is best. Others may need the presence of another to help along their thoughts – so a 15 minute walk or phone call with a trusted friend or colleague is best. It can be done at a desk, on the train or walking!
You don’t need to take my word for it – but you do need to try it! So, commit to this for around a month and see what the impact is.