Welcome to December, a month all about Reflection!
Reflection will help you learn. It will help you heal. It will help you grow. It will help you better help others. It is the only way to become who you are meant to be.
What a year it has been! It’s a fitting time to bring our full attention to the theme of reflection. To be honest, reflection is a hard one for us to prioritize or, rather, it is somehow one of the easiest things to push off for later. Reflection is easy to view as non-urgent, though it may be the most important thing we could do at the end of any milestone. When we actually make time to respond to questions that we rarely dedicate time to think about, we often have some sort breakthrough, learning, or realization.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dave Radparvar is a cofounder of Holstee. He loves minimal design and is very much inspired in work and life by Dieter Ram’s principle of “Less but better”. When he is not building Holstee he loves morning stretches, reading philosophy, and making new dishes from leftovers. You can currently catch him in NYC.
We're so excited to offer a completely revamped version of our Reflection Worksheet to help you look back on the year you've had and inspire your decisions, goals and next steps for 2017.
To our subscribers who receive a physical mailer, you will be receiving this sheet with this month's art and guide. More copies are available for download below: pass it on! This worksheet is great to complete with friends and family to help spark conversation about how far you've come and what still needs some work.
Want to print this? Download the Action List (PDF).
Reflection Is The Most Important Part Of The Process (99U)
"The research is clear: dedicating time to reflect on your life and work regularly really does have an affect on performance."
Learning By Thinking: How Reflection Improves Performance (Harvard Business School)
"Learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection-that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience."
How Leaders Become Self Aware (Harvard Business Review)
"Without self-awareness, you cannot understand your strengths and weakness, your 'super powers' versus your 'kryptonite.' It is self-awareness that allows the best business-builders to walk the tightrope of leadership: projecting conviction while simultaneously remaining humble enough to be open to new ideas and opposing opinions."
5 Powerful Reasons To Make Reflection A Daily Habit (zenhabits)
"[Reflection] helps you learn from your mistakes. If we don’t reflect on our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat them. And that’s not very smart. However, if we reflect on those mistakes, figure out what went wrong, see how we can prevent them in the future, we can use our mistakes to get better. Mistakes, then, are a valuable learning tool, instead of something to feel embarrassed or upset about. Reflection is an important way to do that."
Leadership Character: The Role Of Reflection (Washington Post)
"Reflection is what links our performance to our potential. It is the process of properly unpacking ourselves as leaders for the good of others. We can’t apply an abstract construct such as leading through crisis without experiencing what crisis does to us individually and collectively."