Reflecting is a super easy task that people don’t do enough. In a high-paced world, we often forget to stop and rest. We forget the importance of learning from our mistakes. Reflections are an integral part of growth. Though at times they can be painful, they are also highly effective and beneficial to growth. You need to start reflecting as a part of mindfulness practice. This will help you become accepting of yourself and build confidence to be the best you can be.
Everyday Sunday I reflect on my previous week and focus on how I make this week better. Many people don’t understand the purpose of reflecting or how it can benefit them. When I look back, I realize mistakes and learn how to do better in the future.
Three effective ways to reflect on your life:
Journals- write it out!
People don’t journal like they use to. When you journal you write about the important things that happened during your day. At the end of the week, you can review those writings and check/acknowledge patterns and themes. After you have read through the entries you will have the knowledge you need to make changes in the following week.
Weekly Friend Therapy
Ask your partner or even a close friend to just talk about the things that went on during the week. Being able to speak to another person about what’s going on in your mind can be very helpful if that person is naturally validating with you. You could make a regular thing of that to check in with a friend about all that is going on.
Use your Planner
There are so many great life planners nowadays that are perfect for weekly reflections. Be sure to write down your goals and any major events that would have occurred. On Sunday look back on the week to see what you have accomplished and what got in the way of your accomplishments. Utilize that information to move forward in the following week.
When you look back you can compare the you of yesterday to the you of today. This is pertinent information to facilitate growth. It also helps you determine how close you may or may not be of your goals. The use of reflections can bring you closer to your goals. How have you reflected on your past? How has it contributed to your future? Use the comment section below to share your thoughts.