This HBR article on self reflection is great. It can be hard to do, but the power of self reflection is extraordinary.
Note, this is not beating yourself up.
It’s simply taking five or ten minutes each day to backward wind. To consider what has happened during the day. If you’re focusing on a particular area of growth or development, think about what opportunities presented themselves during the day. if you didn’t take the opportunities – why not? if you did – what happened?
One approach is to spend five minutes in the morning contemplating what’s coming up during the day. Then perhaps, think of any potentially tricky conversations that you might like to address in a particular way. Or how you’d like to be seen in a meeting. Whatever it is – be conscious about what you’d like to achieve. Then, at night – journal (or chat) for five minutes. What happened? Did it work? If not – why?
You can also use this technique for a review of what happened during the day. What went well? What could you have done differently?
It’s interesting what the HBR article says around why people don’t take the time to do this..The usual excuse is a lack of time, but often it’s because we don’t want to see what is already there. The reality is that it is rare that anyone else is going to do this for you. Definitely a case of what you put in you get out.
And with knowledge, there is power.
- Where could you find five minutes each day? On the train in the way to work, on your morning walk?
- What one or two things could you start reflecting on each day?
- Do you want to journal it. Or chat it out?
- Have you read the HBR article? What resonated most?
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