The top 1% of successful business owners consistently schedule time to reflect.
Do you take time daily, weekly or monthly to simply sit, think and reflect? The most successful people in the world make it a common practice.
- Warren Buffet, CEO of the fourth largest company in the country spends by his own estimate 80-percent of his career reading and thinking.
- AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong, makes his executives spend 10% of their day or four hours per week just thinking.
- Bill Gates is famous for taking a week off twice a year to reflect deeply without interruption.
- John Maxwell reflects, daily, weekly, monthly. He also does a longer yearly reflection right around this time, to see what went well and what could have been better, and to set intentions for the new year.
These people and countless other successful people have found reflection to be a practice that helps them think bigger and better in life, family and business. If you want to get started we have a few tips.
Schedule time to reflect.
First of all to make the most of your reflection time make it simple. Schedule it away from your office, make sure your activities and appointments are put on hold and simplify your work week. Find a quiet, peaceful space without distractions and bring a journal to record what you come up with.
Determine the outcome of your reflection time.
It can be helpful to determine your top three outcomes for your reflection time. Make sure to ask powerful questions to get you thinking deeply. For example, how do you want to design your life and business this year? Sometimes it is valuable to look back before moving forward.
Reflect on where you’ve been.
Here are some questions about the current year to help you get started in your reflection journey. Make sure to write your answers down. You can ask these questions across the various domains of life such as family, business, finances, health or whatever else you decide are important. Once you have those topics go through each one and ask:
- What went well?
- What could have gone better?
- Am I doing the right things with the right people?
- What do I need to change for success in the new year?
- What do I excel at? What am I bad at?
- How can I spend more time doing what I do well and less time doing what I don’t do well?
Reflect on where you want to go.
- What do I need to do differently in 2018? Why?
- What daily disciplines do I need to adapt to get where I want to be?
- What are my top (3) S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) goals I want to accomplish this year?
- What are some roadblocks and how will I handle them?
- What do I want to design for my life and business this year?
- How will I do this?
- What legacy do I ultimately want to live and give to my family or others?
These are just some prompts to get you started. You probably have many questions you can reflect on that you come up with. Just remember that quality questions will prompt quality answers. In our society we often prize being busy and never take this valuable time to reflect.
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you will fall in to someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.” according to Jim Rohn.
“Reflection turns your experience into insight and it expands and enriches your thinking.”
…according to the number 1 leadership expert, John Maxwell. Everyone needs a time and place to pause. Will you take time to implement this into your life?
We recently had a client who was overwhelmed with activity. We encouraged this person to take time to reflect and journal. They felt stressed and that they could not afford time to do this. However, when they finally did it they were amazed. They had more insight and discovery from one hour of just sitting and reflecting than if they had spent hours busy with task.
Busyness is not the same as productivity.
In today’s busy world we often feel we cannot take time to slow down, pause and reflect. However, the reality is to get great revelations, design our ideal life and to get creative solutions to problems it is something we can’t afford to skip out on.
Metamorphosis Minute: Take time to reflect today and see what it can do for your life, family and business.