Getting Results Magazine Getting Results Magazine Spring 2018 - Page 8

HIGH ROI The High ROI Of Self- Reflection BY: JIM JUBELIRER, JUBELIRER RESULTS GROUP “A takeaway is an item from the session that stands out in your mind as being most impactful. It could be something someone said, or an insight you had—it could be anything. ” M any successful leaders, from Richard Branson to Tim Ferriss, recommend the importance of self- reflection. This can manifest itself as an action, such as meditating to clear the mind. Other times, it is less clear exactly what it means and what benefits it imparts. WHAT IS SELF-REFLECTION? Reflection, at its core, is about careful thought. And self-reflection, obviously, is careful thought about yourself. This means considering and analyzing experiences and events with the purpose of learning from them. It is an opportunity to pause and create meaning out of the things that are happening which can then help to inform actions and thoughts in the future. A recent article published by the Harvard Business School stated that employees who spend just fifteen minutes a day reflecting on events and lessons learned throughout the day showed a 23 percent improvement in their performance after a little over a week! Numbers that large cannot be ignored. It puts on display the idea that reflection, even on something as simple 8 | SPRING 2018 as the events of the day, can instill lessons within an individual which may otherwise slip by. easy to execute: • BARRIERS TO SELF-REFLECTION The problem is that many people don’t understand how to self-reflect, usually as a result of one of these situations: • • • • Disliking the Self-Reflection Process – Slowing down is typically not in the nature of individuals who would benefit most from it. • Bias for Action – Time spent in reflection can feel like time spent doing nothing. After all, nothing is tangibly being “accomplished.” Disliking the Results – Self-reflection is often about confronting mistakes and finding better ways to do things, which can be uncomfortable to think about. ROI Is Not Immediately Visible – A return on time invested in reflection is not evident like it would be after undertaking other actions. STEPS TO SELF-REFLECTION So what are the steps in the process of self-reflection? Just a handful, and all • • Find the Important Questions – Are you achieving your goals? Are you avoiding anything? What could you have done on that phone call earlier to improve the result? The list is endless. Don’t answer these just yet. All you need to do is identify questions. Match Your Natural Preferences to Your Process – Some people think better when exercising, some while they are writing. Find your natural process for thought and use it for your reflection time, whether that’s taking a long walk, journaling, or chatting with a trusted colleague or friend. Set Aside Time to Do It – Driven people live by their time management skills and calendars. Schedule a time for reflection. Don’t Rush – Jumping in the deep end first is not always best. Much like changing a diet or exercise plan, starting small and working your way up is ideal. In this situation, try starting with five or ten minutes rather than thirty or sixty.