Some might say, “Are you actually still growing and developing at forty-seven?” Well, yes, I am, actually. For me, growth and development are lifetime processes that take me through progressive levels of my life where I’m further enhanced in my thinking, understanding and perception. In order to be the best me that I can be, or to reach my full potential, I must always strive to improve where there’s room. However, in order to know where there’s room for improvement in my life, self-reflection is paramount.
For me, self-reflection involves taking inventory of the key parts of my inner self that shape my life and set the course for my daily walk – my aspirations, my accomplishments, my passions, my perception, etc. I like to take a realistic look at what has worked for me and what hasn’t, and then I like to apply these experiences to my current goals or use them to set new goals, all the while keeping an open mind as to where there may be room for improvement. Perhaps I have set a goal that requires me to gain more knowledge in a particular area, so I may decide that I need to read certain kinds of books more often or take a class to learn whatever it is I need to learn to meet this goal.
For the most part, I love working with a pen and paper (or a laptop) to record my inventories, thoughts and goals because I have experienced that putting these things in writing causes me to be more objective and truthful with myself. It also helps me to see the big picture and not just bits and pieces of it at a time.
After I’ve self-reflected and set goals, my next step is to put it all into action. Reflecting and setting goals is great, but what value do these steps have if no action is taken? My actions may have short or long-term life cycles… meaning I may determine that something needs to be done for a month or it could be that I need to spend the next year doing it. What matters most is that I put it into action.
Albert Einstein penned this quote: Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Nothing could be truer! If you want to be better, you have to do better. If you haven’t already done so, take a little time out this month to self-reflect, evaluate and set goals, and put it all into action and watch yourself grow! I promise you won’t regret it!
Ready, Set, Grow!