The Art of Reflection

Experiences are crucial. They’re what makes us who we are. At the end of all things, you look back and realise how many experiences shaped your life into what it is today. However, not all experiences are positive and while they may frighten us they are the most important of all, as it is how we learn. 

All experiences offer the opportunity for personal development, but to be able to get the most out of these experiences we must be able to effectively reflect and look back.  Only once we’ve looked back and reflected do we learn from our mistakes and grow as people. 

In this post, we will discuss the art of reflection and why it is so important when we are working towards our goals.

What Is Reflection?

Reflection is a process of exploring and examining ourselves, our perspectives, attributes, experiences, actions and interactions. It helps us gain insight into our experiences and see how we can move forward from them.

Reflection gives us the opportunity to slow down, look back on our past experiences and digest the information we have subconsciously learnt. By connecting your past experiences with your current knowledge you are able to achieve deeper learning, gain new insights and broader perspectives.

How To Reflect

Reflection is a deliberate analysis of your observations and experiences. Giving yourself the time and space to effectively reflect will open a new world of opportunities and offer you a chance to see things from a different perspective. 

Reflection is a cyclical process and should be done often. The more you reflect the deeper your realisations will be, which will benefit you in all aspects of life. 

Here are some tips to help you reflect more effectively:

  • Openness: As previously explained reflection is about learning and gaining new insight so you can grow. A fixed mindset,  where you believe you are unable to change will inhibit your ability to learn. 
  • Observation:  The most important part of reflection is learning to take a step back and observe as if you are an outsider. This can give you clarity and a broader perspective.
  • Questioning: The quality of your questions affect the quality of your thinking. Asking yourself open-ended questions will help you get deeper into your reflections.

Reflection and Mentoring

Reflection is a critical part of the process for any mentoring relationship. Establishing effective reflection is vital in order to get the most from your mentoring. In a mentor-mentee relationship, being able to reflect will help you grow and discover new things about yourself. 

The reflective process can be as simple as looking at what went well, what didn’t go well and what will you can do differently next time. You are able to go back to your mentor with new insights and experiences that you have learnt, with which they can then share their experience and knowledge with. 

Reflection must be done regularly with your mentor especially when you are presented with an opportunity to ask questions and learn.

Reflection, Mentoring and Your Goals

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