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The Power of Reflecting

by on 06-13-2017 in New Features

The Power of Reflecting

 

Reflection has not been a natural discipline for me to do.  I started about 60 days ago to make time to reflect on the day and my experiences.

Sometimes in life it seems our culture is moving so fast with work, business, and being a father and husband that we don’t take the time to sit and reflect.  We miss so much because we don’t slow down enough to let our experiences to catch up with us.

I know my life can get very hectic at times.  It seems like time just keeps ticking and it’s so hard to stay up with everything.  I am learning to take the time and pause and just enjoy the experiences that I’m having[BS1] .

Peter Drucker once said, “Follow effective action with quiet reflection.  From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.”

I’ve really had to do a paradigm shift in my thinking.  The shift is this to stop, pause and allow the experience to catch up with me.

The Power of Pausing can bring many benefits:

  1.  Pausing and Reflection turns your experience into insight- One question I always ask myself is What experiences have I had that will give me more insight?  I once had a sales meeting with a big medical company in the Baltimore area and I did not get the contract.  So, I paused and reflected and figured out why I didn’t get it so I could learn something through the process.  I gained so much insight that I was able to close the next deal and Learned in the process.
  2. We need to have a scheduled time and place to reflect-  Unless it gets on your calendar, we all know that it will not take place.  So get it in your calendar.  Schedule an appointment with yourself.
  3. Being Intentional about Pausing and Reflecting will enhance your thinking-I am big at putting things into perspective.  The only way to do that is by reflecting and thinking.  How much time are you spending on thinking?  I want to encourage you to think intentionally.  You will move forward with greater wisdom and insight.

 

John Maxwell puts it this way, “A minute of thought is worth more than an hour of talk.”

Asking good questions of ourselves will often bring about the answers that we seek.  Questions allow our subconscious to go to work looking for the answer that can be locked inside of us. 

Have you ever hit a roadblock in your life?  I know I have and it’s been the questions that I ask myself that has gotten me unstuck.  The answer is always inside of us.  We just have not been made aware of it. 

Personal Awareness is your key to success.  It is the most important thing you can do for yourself.  Becoming more aware of who and what you are takes asking yourself the right questions.  This is where a good coach can help you.  They can take you on that journey of personal awareness and help you ask the hard questions. 

So, what have you been asking yourself lately?


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