We made it to February. Woohoo 🙌!!! And it is the beginning of the month. This is your chance to look back at what you accomplished last month, where you fell short, and what you’d like to smash this month. I will tell you, honest self reflection is a challenge. You have to sit with yourself quietly and determine where you might have slacked off, where some of your weak point are, or maybe where you need some assistance.
Self reflection ain’t easy to some. It reminds us that we aren’t perfect. BUT…the important part to remember here. Your weaknesses are opportunities to get stronger. If you reflect, and reflect often, on your weak points, you can only grow.
I will use myself as an example. I created a goal to write on Tuesdays. I didn’t create a template or set subject matter. The goal was just to sit down and write. Writing DOES NOT come easy to me, despite being ever present on social media. Sitting down and focusing requires discipline. Well, since I know this about myself, I have taken the first step in reflection. I was also offered some coaching and book suggestions on how I can improve. Because I KNOW that this is not my strong suit, I welcomed the critique and I will be applying the suggestions. This is how I will grow.
This cycle can be applied to any subject matter where you’d like to improve. I actually like writing down my goals in a physical book. Yes, I know we can do things on our phones, but this has brought a new dimension to my to-do list. I am specific about my daily and weekly goals. Ex. I will do yoga, push-ups (3 sets of 10) and pull-ups (3 sets of 9) on Tues and Thurs. It’s written. So I pretty much have to do it. And don’t give yourself an “out” or start rationalizing why you can’t do something.
- Write your daily/weekly/monthly goals down
- Be specific
- Evaluate on a consistent basis
- Reflect on your weakness
- Recognize these are opportunities for growth
- Accept coaching or find sources to help improve
- Create goals monthly that includes improvement from the month before