Time for Reflection a Must

Time for Reflection a Must

“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” ~Margaret Wheatley

There is just one way to take stock of your current level of effectiveness in life, both personal and professional. It is not what you’ve accomplished, not how far you’ve traveled, but rather how you feel—how you feel about yourself, your life, and the choices you’ve made along the way.

If you don’t like where you are, it behooves you to turn around and notice the steps—the choices—that got you there.

But if you’re moving too fast—and in today’s world, we’re all moving faster than we did twenty years ago, heck, faster than we did last year—reflection falls by the wayside even as the need for it increases.

Recently, there’s been a flurry of leadership articles stressing the need for reflection time for leaders to sustain their effectiveness. You didn’t see that in articles twenty years ago!

I believe people are generally doing the best they know how. Continuing to be open to learning (which becomes far more difficult and painful if we are not open to it, because life tries to teach us each day) is the secret behind those who continue to improve.

They make small, daily choices, incremental choices, that move them step by step toward a more fulfilling and successful life. A life that feels good—no matter the measuring stick.

We all need to take time to reflect, to review where we’ve been, assess the journey, and make adjustments, else we’re destined to travel in circles, repeating behaviours that don’t serve us long term.

You can’t course correct if you never check your map.

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” ~Peter Drucker

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Cynthia Barlow

Founder Cynthia Barlow

Facilitator, Author, Coach

Helping businesses build their people

When your people have the skills to communicate more effectively, they can connect more easily and collaborate more productively. Not only on the job, but also in life.

Communication, Connection, and Collaboration—the three “C’s”—are the cornerstones of all successful businesses. They are the result of Emotional Intelligence in action.

More details can be found in my recent best seller with co-author Jennifer Eggers:
Resilience: It’s Not About Bouncing Back

The power of resilience within organizations can transform an average company into a powerhouse. Yet, even in times of rapid disruptive change, there is no manual for building resilient organizations. This book is that manual.

“If you  want to build more resilience intentionally—personally and professionally—read this book.
Fran Karamousis, Chief  of Research, Gartner


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