How much time do you spend reflecting? I will be honest with you, I am not the best at it. It is a practice that I am working to make habitual. But why is this so important?
I believe that if we do not slow down long enough to reflect upon improvement, we will never grow to reach our full potential of who we could be.
Recently I was on a trip and it seemed like everything that was going wrong. The flight was canceled, the rental car was a disaster, and our hotel was never booked with the third party agency. The hotel would not have been a problem, except there was an event in the area and every hotel was booked. In the midst of this event I thought that I had acted appropriately. However, as I took time to reflect a couple days after returning from our trip. I realize that I could have handled the situation better.
Have you had a similar experience like mine? Or maybe you have experienced “off days” were nothing seemed to go right.
We can easily move on with our life and forget the event had ever happened, however we do a huge disservice to ourselves in doing so. Why? Because we have not taken the time to ask ourselves “how could I have responded in a better?” Or “how could I have acted better?”
I have heard it said that experience is the best teacher. However I do not think this is true, evaluated experience is the best teacher. It is important that each and every one of us take the time to reflect on our experiences, and gain insight as to how we can start living our lives in a better manner tomorrow than we did today.
Have you scheduled your next opportunity to reflect on your experiences? If you do not, take a moment to do so now.
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