SELF-REFLECT includes activities, strategies, tools, and skills that:
- gauge your progress,
- enable you to consider what is working,
- celebrate your accomplishments, and
- set the course for the next set of challenges for yourself and your projects.
This part of the process requires honest feedback. If something is not working, it may only require a small course correction for things to fall into place, so this step shouldn’t be avoided.
My favorite mentors and authors, Gay and Katie Hendricks, encourage their students and clients to try and use a sense of wonder when practicing self-reflection:
Take a moment to actually wonder out loud by saying, “Hmmmm… I wonder…. what if _________ ?”
Use your body, and tap your fingers on your temple, or on a table.
By adding the physical movement and sound to the process, more parts of your brain will activate and focus on the problem at hand!
I love this time of year! Not just because of the holidays, but because I can review my progress and set intentions for the new year.
Setting intentions are not the same as setting goals, and I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions. Confused? I was too when I first discovered the concept of intention setting in the work of Dr. Wayne Dyer and other thought leaders such as Rhonda Byrne (The Secret) and Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul).
So what is the difference between setting an intention and setting a goal or New Year’s resolution? Well, it has to do with your intentions! The word “Intention” has multiple meanings, which hint at its being imbued with something more than just an idea, goal, or desire. For example, in Medicine, intention refers to “the healing process of a wound”. In earlier centuries, people would be asked to “declare their intentions” before a marriage (or a duel!) which hints at the importance of speaking an intention out loud.
By contrast, resolutions are built on your resolve, determination, and perseverance. These are feelings and emotions that help motivate people to take action towards a goal or intention. However, all too often, after setting New Year’s Resolutions, people run out of steam. Their resolve diminishes because they aren’t seeing or experiencing evidence that they are making progress.
On the other hand, goals have measurable results. They are the details and milestones used to measure progress. We can successfully set goals for our intentions and measure our progress as long as we keep them realistic, such as setting small, or short-term, achievable steps and actions that guarantee results.
If you’d like help setting intentions or goals for 2018, contact me for a free initial consultation. My intention this year is to help as many people as possible achieve their dreams!
Best wishes for a very happy holiday season — and may all your good dreams come true!
Is Your Career On Track? Take Our Quiz! – Forbes
My favorite take away from this article is the reminder that:
WE ARE ALL CONSULTANTS!!!!!!
The second reminder is:
ORDER PERSONAL BUSINESS CARDS!!!!
The third reminder is:
GAUGE YOUR PROGRESS…
In order to move forward —->>> from job —->>> to career —->>> to purpose, you need to complete the SUCCESS cycle by taking time to self-reflect and determine where you are on your path, and what your next steps are.
Take a moment to complete the “Is Your Career On Track?” quiz at Forbes Magazine. It will help you determine if your career is on track, and provides ten steps to move your career forward.
Keep in mind, that the end game is to progress into your purpose. That’s when you’ll really begin to feel in the flow!