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Defining Self-Reflection

Defining Self-Reflection

Self-reflection can be defined as the process of replaying recent experiences in our minds to discover insights about ourselves. It is a personal process that can deepen one’s understanding of self and can lead to significant discoveries or insights. These insights can include clues to our values, clarity about our behaviors, and the sources of our knowledge.

Self-reflection is also a tool that helps us understand where we come from and how we define our life. It is an opportunity to test our assumptions about the world around us and uncover where we can grow and improve.


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Self-Reflection For Job Performance

When it comes to job performance, people tend to believe that practice always makes perfect. The more often we practise learning a new skill, the more likely we will be to master relevant tasks. However, studies suggest that reflection is a much more powerful learning tool when it comes to job performance.

Engaging in self-reflection may improve your job performance by protecting your mental health, and more specifically by helping you avoid burnout.


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Not Just Solo

Not Just Solo

It may feel counter-intuitive, but self-reflection doesn’t have to be a solo process. Having a colleague willing to help you can strengthen your reflection process.

It can also allow you to form closer bonds with trusted colleagues and give you the chance to hear insights from others that you may not have seen yourself.


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Benefits Of Reflecting Back

Reflecting on your professional experiences and learning from them can influence your career choices. Perhaps reflecting on a presentation you gave makes you discover you may need to take some public speaking classes, or perhaps you decide to hire an executive coach after you struggle to handle a conversation with your manager.

You may also find a mismatch between what you value and the career path you have chosen, and you must make decisions about what you will do next. Reflection prompts action, so you can use the lessons you learned about yourself to take the next step forward.


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Practice Self-Reflection At Work

Here are some tips that can help you reflect on your work experiences:

  • Find a quiet place: A quiet location with no interruptions is crucial for reflection.
  • Record your thoughts. Journaling is a powerful reflection tool.
  • Examine everything. As you are replaying your experiences in your mind, think about each decision you made along the way.
  • Imagine the alternatives. Ask “what if” questions.
  • Organize your insights. Do you see any trends or patterns in your discoveries?
  • Turn your reflection into action. Decide if there are any actions that you need to take as a result of this process.


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