“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

When we consider reflection, we are talking about our intent to give serious consideration to a particular topic, idea or thought.

Here are three approaches to help you channel reflection effectively.

Focus and make reflection practical ahead of philosophical

Reflection serves us best when we recognize it’s about progression, not perfection and it’s about practical before it’s philosophical. A starting point can be reflecting on one action or decision you’ve made personally or professionally that was positive. What was the practical impact?

Invest the time to reflect on why something went well or didn’t go well

A key part of reflection is making sure you consider the root cause. If you don’t identify the core reason(s) you’ll simply deal with the symptoms and may never fully understand why something did or didn’t go well. Dig deeper in your thought process and consider asking yourself one more question about why something did or didn’t go well. Reflection is the result of self-inquiry ahead of self-assumption.

Make reflection a time where you think beyond boundaries

If you typically think one way about a decision or challenge, what would the potential outcome look like if you thought differently or beyond the boundaries of self-imposed limitations? How can you challenge your norm and recognize the potential of upside opportunity? When you experience a win or make a mistake, reflect on how your thought process contributed. If you had thought beyond boundaries could you have increased the outcome of the win or converted the mistake into a win? Thinking beyond boundaries is a key component of maximizing your decisions and outcomes.

Until next week,
Brent

PS- This week’s #ThoughtstarterChallenge outlines five reflection questions to ask yourself. It’s not too late to join.