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- Spend 15 minutes at the end of the day and ask yourself “what did I learn today?”
- At the end of each week, spend 30 undisturbed minutes to reflect on the experiences you had that week. Focus on the best things and the worst things that happened; that’s where the greatest potential lessons lie.
- At the end of the year, spend an afternoon reflecting and evaluating what happened to you during the year. Recall your successes, failures, goals you achieved, and targets you missed.
1. We experience so much more than we consciously realize
Our conscious minds have a very limited capacity compared to our subconscious minds. In his book “The Art of Learning”, Josh Waitzkin discusses how we only truly absorb a fraction of what we experience, and even then, what we absorb is truly a unique “window” into what really happens.
Every experience can offer you countless new lessons – but only if you take the time to pause and reflect on the experience.
And this doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. Here are some suggestions for how it can be done with minimal investment of time:
- What experience do I want to gain from this engagement?
- What experience can I ideally gain from this engagement?
- How can I make sure the people who supervise me provide me with the opportunity to gain those experiences in this engagement?
- How can I make sure they recognize and record the experiences I gain through this engagement?
- How can I use this to lead to other experiences I want to have in the future?
- How often do you pause to reflect on your experiences?
- How do you record what you’ve learned?
- How do you evaluate your year?
- If you decide to make reflection on your experiences a discipline in your life, how will you do it?
- How will you instill the lessons you’ve learned here to your children, so that they can benefit from it for the rest of their lives?
Engagements and Projects
When you join a project team or an engagement, you should prime your conscious “window” of focus by asking:
Today and Tomorrow