Growth is something that we all strive for, be that in our personal lives, work lives, relationships, finances or fitness, the list goes on. It is often much easier said than done. Getting to that next level from where you currently are, can be a daunting task that often halts growth.
Self-reflection is a form of introspection that can be used to learn more about purpose and existence. It requires a level of self-awareness as to where emotions can be recognised and then processed. It is commonly done by thinking about one’s behaviours and feelings with the possible reasoning behind such behaviours and feelings. Even though this can be a very difficult process, the rewards are much greater as it allows room for growth and improvement.
“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.”
― John Dewey
Self-reflection can be done by anyone and it has been found that employees who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting about lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect. It does not need to be a long-winded task that leaves you feeling depleted and unmotivated. In fact it is the complete opposite, it can take less than 20 minutes and leaves you feeling motivated to carry out new strategies towards achieving success and growth!
Here at Inspire Spirit we believe that self-reflection is the most important tool for growth. It is featured within all of our planners, after every month, after six months and at the end of the year. Here are 5 simple questions to ask yourself every day, week, month and year, in any area of your life to self-reflect.
- What have I achieved? – whether you planned out your day or not, at the end of the day it is great practice to think about the tasks and/or goals that you have completed on that day. It will cross off completed tasks from your list and set you up with what to focus on the next day.
- What or where can I improve? – which areas of your life do you need to pay more attention to or perform better in? This is the time to think about what may not have worked, areas where you fell short of completing a goal or the habits that you may not have kept consistent with.
- What have I learnt? – what are the main takeaways? What did you enjoy? What are you thankful for? We learn mostly from the world around us and our interactions with it. This could be normal daily routines or new spontaneous interactions. There will be something, whether small or big, that you would have learnt.
- How satisfied am I with what I have done? – after having been through everything, how happy are you with your overall level of activity or performance in your life? At first glance, your response may not be as accurate as the response given after taking the time to fully think about the time that has passed.
- What can I do differently? - moving into tomorrow or next month, whenever you decide to do your self-reflection, what can you do differently to push towards growth based on the answers to the previous four questions? This is the chance to create new strategies and plans to put in place to see different outcomes and results, which can be reviewed at the next self-reflection!
“Self-reflection is necessary to dig beneath our own layers and visit the inner crevices of our heart and mind to develop an understanding of life.”
Everyone has the room to grow and become their true self and self-reflection is one of the vital steps in getting there!