“Reflection enables us to evaluate experience, learn from mistakes, repeat successes, revise and plan”
– Sherry Swain
This course is packed full of awesome tools, guides and resources to help you make this year the year that you change your life. However, before we jump straight into exactly what you will be doing for the year ahead, it’s beneficial to take some time out and reflect on the year that was. Have you ever practiced reflection? And SERIOUSLY practiced reflection? We reflect everyday through sharing stories with family and friends and through remembering activities we have done in our past, however we rarely take the time out to SERIOUSLY practice reflection. When we make it a conscious effort to reflect, we experience a number of benefits.
The Benefits of Consciously Reflecting on Life
- Reflection can transform your experience into genuine learning. It can help you gain a more complete understanding of your values, your goals and what you believe in.
- Reflection can help you connect the activities you have done in your life to outcomes achieved, helping you determine whether you are making the right decisions or not.
- Reflection can help you develop higher-level thinking and problem-solving ability, something that you are going to be needing for the rest of this course and to make 2013 the year you change your life.
- Reflection raises your self-awareness, helping you understand more about yourself and your reactions to the world.
- Reflection can relax you, helping you become calmer and help you think more clearly and deeply.
- Reflection can help develop your questioning attitude and enable you to see things from a new perspective.
- Reflection can help you identify areas for change and improvement.
- Reflection can help you apply what you have learned from one situation to another, also enabling you to react more positively and constructively to new challenges.
- Reflection can help you remain committed to your goals, your vision and your purpose, something you will be needing throughout the year and also the rest of your life.
- Ultimately, reflection enables us to evaluate experience, learn from mistakes, repeat successes, revise and plan.
“It is not sufficient simply to have an experience in order to learn. Without reflecting upon this experience it may quickly be forgotten, or its learning potential lost. It is from the feelings and thoughts emerging from this reflection that generalisations or concepts can be generated. And it is generalisations that allow new situations to be tackled effectively.”
Gibbs, G. (1988) Learning by Doing: A Guide to Teaching and Learning Methods London, UK: Further Education Unit.
ActionEnsure you are in a comfortable space and away from any distractions. Potentially you may even want to get outside, away from your home, away from your work, and find a place where you can completely set your mind free and reflect. Read through the below and answer the questions in the templates provided. Close your eyes and cast your mind back to January of 2012. You have now experienced the full year of 2012. Reflecting on the year, answer the below questions openly, thoughtfully and honestly.
My Reflections on The Previous YearWhat have been the 10 best experiences I have had? Why were these my best experiences and how did they make me feel?
|Experience||Why||How did it make me feel?|
Next StepsCongratulations! You have just completed the first part of the Change Your Life course. Now that you have gone through the exercise of reflecting on the previous year, you should have a better understanding of what you are proud of, what makes you happy, who is in your support network, what is holding you back and where your strengths lie. You will now also have a better understanding of what you can do differently this year to help you progress towards where it is that you want to go in your life. Use the information you have captured here to help you plan for way for 2013 and beyond. Now that you have developed the skill of reflecting, I highly recommend that at the end of each module you reflect on what you have learned so far in the course. Consistently reflecting over and referring back to the information you have covered in this course will help embed the information and create the successful habit of reflection. Click here to download this module for free with printable worksheets Click here to be taken to the Change Your Life program where you can have access to the full program including 21 modules.
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If you do today what you have always done then tomorrow you will get what you have always had.