Do you permit yourself time for reflection, time to sit back and absorb situations, events, and even decisions you’ve made?
What that looks like for you isn’t necessarily what it looks like for me. I love to grab my hat, my hiking stick, and my dog and go for a walk.
It’s different for my wife. She enjoys quiet time in the mornings with her cup of tea. Maybe it’s getting away for the weekend.
The “what” isn’t as important as the “doing.” Make time for reflection.
With that in mind, I would like to consider in this acronym story 7 ways to make reflection a profitable use of your time.
Have you ever forgotten how to relax? I have and it’s not healthy. Use your time of reflection as an opportunity to recharge your batteries.
Enjoy the process. I believe reflection is a process and not a rigid set of guidelines. Have a plan but keep it flexible. A happy disposition will allow you to discover things about yourself that tension and anxiety suppress.
Don’t face reality with trepidation. Use your reflection time as an opportunity for an honest assessment. Identify your victories. Identify your challenges.
Time spent in meditation is a great way to reflect and gain perspective. Find ways to get away even if only for a few hours. Make lone time a priority.
What are the lessons you’ve learned? Whether good or bad, reflection allows you to take your experience and grow from it.
Are you moving through life at such a frantic pace that you feel out of balance, and then comes the realization that something has got to give? Use your reflection time as a way to regain balance and get centered again.
As you think through where you’ve been and where you want to go, maybe it’s time to revisit your priorities. Does something or some things need to change in order for you to achieve your goals?
Daily Doable: Allow reflection time to reveal your story to you. Don’t put this off. See where you’ve been, what you’ve learned, and where you’re going.
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