“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” — Margaret J. Wheatley
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I recently shared a quote on social media that I heard from the speaker and facilitator Stacey Shipman: “Sometimes the right move is the one that scares us.”
Stacey later reached out to tell me that when she saw the quote on my page it was just the message she needed to hear in that moment...and was blown away to discover that it was attributed to her! She had completely forgotten her own wisdom! It was already inside of her, but she couldn't access it until she saw it written out to reflect on.
Such can be the power of taking time to pause and reflect. Studies suggest that even just taking fifteen minutes a day for reflection can help improve your performance and productivity while also helping to relieve stress and enhance happiness.
There’s an entire shelf in my office dedicated to my journals, which I’ve kept since I was eleven years old. I originally began writing as way to reflect on my experience of moving to a new town and cope with the changes I was experiencing, yet I continue to write today because it’s fascinating to look back at these past experiences and reflect on where I was as to compared to where I am today and where I’m headed.
Inspired by our recent experience with Stacey's "forgotten inner wisdom," she invited me to be a guest on her Shed the Formality Podcast where we both opened up our journals from years gone by to pull insights from to share with her listeners. It can be truly enlightening to discover the “golden nuggets” of wisdom that are already inside of us, but which are only available when we take time to reflect on them with fresh eyes and a fresh perspective.
How are you reflecting on your experiences? And how do you accessing your hidden wisdom?
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.