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Take the time for some serious reflection
12/9/2006 - Hilary Drummond and Anita Bakker, Southern Exposure Weekend

How often do you take the time to reflect on your life?  At the beginning of a new year or at some other new start we may take the time to set goals and make resolutions.  Sometimes taking a moment to reflect on the way your life is unfolding can be a very powerful experience.

You may have heard the story about a father and his son who were walking in the mountains. The son falls, hurts himself and screams his pain to the sky: "AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating: "AAAhhhhhhhh!!!! He yells out with curiosity: "Who are you?”The answer comes: "Who are you?" Becoming angry at the response, he screams back: "Coward". The answer returns: "Coward". The son asks his father: "What is happening?" The father replies "My son, pay attention.”  He then shouts to the mountain: "I admire you!" The voice answers: "I admire you". Again the man calls: "You are a champion!" The voice answers: "You are a champion". The boy does not understand until his father explains: "People call this an ECHO, but really this is LIFE". It gives you back everything you say or do.

The definition of reflection is: “To throw back, to give back an image, to think seriously, or to cast blame or discredit.” (Webster’s New World Dictionary)

Our life can be a reflection of our actions. If we never think seriously about where we are, the impact we have on others, or how we would like our future to be then we can drift aimlessly.  If we reflect with blame or negatively with words like the boy used, then we may have those reflected back at us.

Try some of these techniques for self reflection:

·        Journal about a problem, or event and note your part in it.  Be honest with yourself about what happened and consider what you would like the final outcome to be.

·        Ask a friend for feedback about how you come across in different situations and consider what you could modify to more accurately represent who you truly are.

·        Write a letter to your future self and outline all the accomplishments you have made.

·        Reflect on a movie you have recently seen or a book that you have read.  How does it apply to your life and what did it mean to you?

What one thing can you do today to support yourself in becoming who you want to be?

Anita Bakker (anita@essentialsforexcellence.com) and Hilary Drummond (hilary@lecoach.net) are life and business coaches practicing in the south Okanagan.  They are both graduates from Royal Roads University and are committed to assisting others have the lives that they are meant to live.



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