Reflection makes you learn and learning makes you hopeful. As a teacher, I know that reflection is key to getting through to me and a student. If reflection doesn’t happen I can’t get a hold of what happened. Sporting events have replays. The reflection is your replay. What went right and what went not so right? How will you get better if you don’t reflect? How will you keep persevering if you don’t get better? Getting better at something is what keeps you going. It’s the intrinsic reward for hard work and reflection.
The reflection process is a mindful process. You don’t have to get deeply introspective but thinking about what you do will help you conquer the next move. Doing a task without making a mindful investment will leave you empty. It isn’t that you didn’t work at it, you just gave little thought to it.
What happens without reflection?
You forget what happened.
You can’t remember where you left off each time you begin.
You pose no new questions about challenges.
You keep doing the same thing thereby creating stagnancy.
Challenges are avoided.
Giving up looks easier to do with each new challenge.
Each time you procrastinate giving up looks like a good idea.
How to start the process without hating it
Set a timer for five minutes (you’ll enjoy it eventually and you won’t need this).
Write/ Type it out.
Get an app to track progress.
Review progress before starting again.
Act on your plan.
Need help with plan: hire somebody, read a book/article.
In other words this is a time investment. In some cases it means there is a cost. Determine how important this is to you.
Next up? When will you begin?