Reflection isn’t easy. Quite frankly, I’m not sure that I would have been able to do it without the guidance of an outside source. The first day of my holiday break included a couple of hours concentrated time with my 2017 PowerSheets. While I was excited by the prospect of this beautiful new item sitting in front of me, I wasn’t sure what I was going to write or if I would be engaged in the process. One page in and I was hooked. I was so engaged that I decided the preparation stage would have to be done in shifts, there was no way I could complete the entire section in a single evening. At this point, four days later, I am finishing up my reflection on 2016 and looking forward to getting started on goal setting.
The 5 Stages of Reflection are not concrete; they are fluid and can shift if you allow them. Here’s a refresher from the first post in this series!
- Prepare for Reflection
- 2016 Reflection
- Identify the Strengths & Challenges of 2016
- Determine Opportunities for Growth
- Develop Goals & Action Plans
While the preparation phase was a little more straight forward, reflection has been a winding road stopping, multiple times at numbers 2 – 4. Reflection requires identification of strengths and challenges, which will breed opportunities for growth. As I have completed the different phases of the 2017 PowerSheets I have gone back and forth through these steps like a pinball machine. Next up: Finishing up my reflection so I can develop some goals.
All week I have been trying to determine what would be the best way to share my progress with my 2016 reflection with you. Writing, pictures, Instagram posts, videos – I’ve tried them all. Finally, I decided to jump force myself outside of my comfort zone and post a video, taking you on a tour of my progress thus far.
The video is amateur, not of great quality, too long, I say um… WAY too many times, Bruno barks in the background, and I trip over myself, but you know what? That’s me! I like to have conversations with people, to share using both my ability to write and my ability to communicate verbally —> here I go again, reminding myself that MESSY IS BEAUTIFUL and that we are striving for PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION!
PowerSheets or no PowerSheets, I hope that you are taking time to reflect on your year and looking forward to a productive and intentional 2017 – whatever that might mean for you. Stop by Instagram and let me know how your reflections are going!
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as I make progress toward setting some 2017 goals!