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In last week's Fierce Leadership blog, I encouraged you to hold tight on giving 2020 the "good riddance!" send off in favour or a more effective approach. What emotions and thoughts did you experience when you paused and reflected on last year? Did you procrastinate? Have a few false starts? Felt a bit uncomfortable even though you were sitting with no one around?
"Self-reflection (noun): careful thought about your own behavior and beliefs." - Merriam-Webster
Self-reflection can leave us feeling uneasy so much so that we avoid starting the process. However, if you can push through any discomfort and dive deep, you'll be impressed by the insight you gain thinking about the good, the bad, and the ugly of your observations and experiences.
"The hardest leaders to coach aren't those who think they know everything, avoid responsibility, or belittle their team. The hardest leaders to coach are those who don't pause in reflection of themselves." - Michele D. Cameron
If you still need a bit of a nudge because you are unsure of how to start, here are 4 simple and practical ways:
I shared a few questions last week to ease you into the process. Here are a few deeper dive questions that I really like to use:
Reflect often so you truly understand the opportunities that await you.