I know everyone is getting excited about the coming new year. We are already seeing social media posts about how 2020 is going to be Great; just as we saw similar posts leading up to 2019. People are busy setting goals, completing vision boards, hosting strategy sessions; which are all great, I do these things too. But, before you throw this year away, perhaps this is the perfect time for Reflection. Instead of going into the new year making the same mistakes from this year and years past, why not learn from those mistakes? Aren’t you tired of going into a year with great expectations only to end that year disappointed over and over again?
I was recently a guest on JSpirationsLive, and during the interview I was asked the following question:
We often talk about Reflection or reflecting; how does reflecting and looking back differ? Do they?
My response: Looking back is thinking about something that happened in the past.
Reflection is a sincere examination of oneself. It involves the willingness to face and acknowledge our mistakes, failures and shortcomings. Without reflection, it is impossible to know yourself, your purpose and more importantly, which areas of your life require regeneration (being restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state).
I challenge you to make time for Reflection.
~Acknowledge and appropriately address any area of your life with which you are not pleased.
~Get reacquainted with yourself and your purpose.
~What has changed? How have you grown?
~What, if anything, needs to be realigned?
So, That Settles It. Set aside some time this month for Reflection. Don’t just look back, but sincerely examine those things that may have hindered you during this year. If you make this common practice, you won’t have to wait for a new year; you will be too busy pursuing purpose and enjoying your success throughout the year, every year, now henceforth and forevermore.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6).