Using Reflection to Gain Clarity and Focus

“We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on our experience”

– John Dewey

It’s easy to get bogged down by obstacles and lose sight of our goals but, by reflecting on our past successes and failures, we gain a better understanding of what has worked and what hasn’t. From there we are better equipped to create a roadmap to achieve our goals. Today, I would like to explore the power of reflection and how it can help you achieve your goals moving forward.

Lack of clarity is usually one of the main reasons we prevent ourselves from moving forward but, by using the power of reflection we have the power to change that.

Reflection is a powerful tool as it allows us to step back and look at our lives from a different perspective. When we have the clarity around our past behaviours and can work on that, we are able to gain clarity around what WE can do better in the future.

By reflecting on our past, we can make better decisions about our future. Through reflection, we are also able see the progress we have made and the areas where we need to continue to improve, whether this be personally or professionally.

One of the best ways to use reflection is to set aside some time each day or week to reflect on the week that was. A common habit of a High Performer is to do this on a weekly basis. On a scale of 1-10, a High Performer will score themselves in the following areas:

  • CLARITY
  • ENERGY
  • PRODUCTIVITY
  • COURAGE
  • INFLUENCE

This can be done by reflecting not only on specific tasks but also your overall aspects of life including your relationships, career, or health.

By doing this, you may begin to see patterns play out from your past behaviours. You may also see a pattern in what has worked well and what you could do better moving forward which will help you by preventing the same mistake again in the future.

You can ask yourself questions such as:

– In the past 7 days, what made me happy?
– In the past 7 days, what gave me energy and, what depleted my energy levels?
– Were there conversations that I needed to have that I avoided?
– How could I show up more boldly in the next 30 days?

Some of the greatest minds in history were also great reflectors. They would take time to look back on their work and life, analyse what went well and what didn’t, and then use that information to move forward with greater clarity and focus and allowing themselves to thrive.

Live a successful, purposeful and fully charged life everyday!

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