“The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.” – Alice Waters
’Tis the season to be jolly! Yep, it’s that time of year again when everyone is scrambling to prepare for the biggest holiday of the year.
Whether you celebrate the holiday season or not, you will indirectly feel the “jolly-ness” of your surroundings or choose to transform that energy into something less engaging.
Regardless of these opposing reactions to this season, there’s one thing that we must do before the end of 2015.
Earlier this year, I shared some thoughts on The Most Important Skill Today’s Leaders Need To Know. The gist of the blog was focused on the significance of self-reflection.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of reflection is “serious thought or consideration”.
Therefore, in order to truly reflect and discover more about ourselves, we must create the time and space to sit down and review on all areas of our life.
What happens if one does not reflect at the end of the year?
Here are 6 possible unfavorable consequences:
- Taking another wrong turn. Not taking the time to reflect on what worked or didn’t work will cause poor choices or decisions to repeat itself.
- No new experiences created. The same old same old experiences will occur. Life is predictable and may cause boredom.
- Disconnection. A life without meaning or purpose is unfulfilling. Life becomes a daily grind.
- Dazed and confused. The list of goals keeps growing. Life is overwhelming and full of distractions.
- Scarcity mindset kicks in. Rather than focus on what’s good, everything that is not working seems to take over.
- Little to no growth. The key result of reflection is continuous learning and growth. Therefore, no reflection may cause degeneration.
Uck! Just writing these phrases gives me the feeling of being stuck, sluggish and in status quo.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. – Mahatma Gandhi
Are you ready to take control of your life and plan for an amazing 2016?
Here are 4 quick steps you can do today:
STEP 1: Book a time and space where you can do your reflection. Ensure the space is comfortable with no distractions. You will need a minimum of 30 minutes.
STEP 3: Share it with a loved one and/or post it where you can see it daily. This will also be useful for you as you plan for your Intentions for next year. Stay tuned for my next blog on Setting Your Intentions (our version of goal setting and life visioning) next month! Subscribe here to receive your advance copy of the 2016 Intentions and Visioning Card!
STEP 4: If you haven’t done so already, celebrate your year! Now that you have taken the time to reflect, you will discover the many wonderful moments you have created. To bring more of those experiences into your life, celebrate and get grounded in the feeling of gratitude.
When will you start your year end reflection?
I would love to hear how your experience went. Share in the comments below and connect with me today!
To learn more about the benefits of pause and reflection and how to integrate this daily practice into your life and at work, join me at the 54th Annual BC Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) Conference and Tradeshow on April 26 and 27, 2016. I will be facilitating a workshop on “The Power of Mindfulness in the Workplace” on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.