When we talk about reflection we think of a mirror reflecting back our own image, or perhaps a shiny black car which reflects everything it passes. This month we are using the term in a different manner. We are talking about stopping, pausing for a period of time to reflect on the past, the present and the future.
Pausing turns experiences into insight. Experience is not the best teacher as the famous saying goes; it is evaluated experience. This is where the real growth occurs.
Everyone needs a place and a time to stop and reflect. You will never hear someone ask you to speed up and evaluate. You just can’t do it. When you stop with the purposeful intention of reflecting, your thinking will be enriched. You tap into another deeper level in your brain.
If you are saying, trying to solve a challenge, reflection will be of enormous help to you. Reflection will help you investigate the possible solutions, incubate those same ideas to their conclusion, and you will be illuminated by what you reflect on.
The heart of reflection consists of great questions along with your own honesty and awareness. When we are in this state, we must remember we fool no one by covering up what is obvious to our own minds.
Here are some of those great questions you can ask of yourself:
- What is my best asset?
- What is my greatest liability?
- When was I at my highest high?
- When was I at my lowest low?
- What is my best habit?
- What is my worse habit?
- What is fulfilling me?
- What is draining me?
- What do I prize the most?
If you are over the age of 40 you might want to reflect on your first 40 years. Where you have been, what you have done, and reflect on those questions above. Then reflect of what you are going to do with the next 40 years.
“The wise man questions himself, the fool questions others.”
~ Herni Arnold
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