How about this…we are now in a time in human history where we are fighting the need to create space over filling it. For centuries humanity as I’ve read it and studied it has been trying to find how to fill in the empty spaces we have. Not any more.
Now we have to Kondo things. We have a Container Store where we go to buy stuff to put stuff we’ve collected in to make more room for more stuff. All just to get some relief from being overcrowded. Here we are. We have to deal with it personally and professionally. We have to learn to prepare some space to grow or develop. Or, it won’t happen.
I’ve said it so many times, reflection is an incredible way to start to get an idea of what the size of that space needs to be that we have to make for ourselves. We need to socialize with ourselves. Have deep conversations with ourselves. You’re not acting crazy for doing this, you’re being smart!
There is so many intellectual benefits of reflecting. But, there is also some practical benefits too. You will find a dramatic increase alone in the kind of upskill you can get towards decision quality. Fewer mistakes can happen and you can lesson overall risk in taking on something new from failing with reflection work.
At first, if you’ve not had a regular practice of reflecting, you’re going to feel uncomfortable. Don’t be hard on yourself for not knowing what to actually do in that time free time you create to think. You’ll start to figure it out if you just stick with it, so don’t let yourself give up to soon.
There are benefits to being more aware. Just like working out takes a while for you to see the new muscle you’ve built or weight loss to take visual shape, so too will the benefits of reflecting take time to show you results.
Creating reflecting space does something really cool. It naturally opens you up to learn. Your learning will take the shape of growth and development over what’s next or being occupied with the new notification that just popped up on your devices.
Not having this learning platform from reflecting has the opposite impact. It actually reinforces a fixed mind-set where you’re tricked into thinking you can only take so much information. Your learning quickly stagnates. Our brains aren’t hardwired, they are soft-wired. The brain is always expanding and changing based on the input it’s taking in.
Another great benefit of creating space for reflection and learning helps us connect socially better. Getting comfortable with yourself allows you to see your mind and body how others might perceive it versus being a stranger.
Making sure that we are in control during our social actions is what we want. Not letting emotions rule you because you’ve done some awareness work allows you the opportunity to make great positive impacts to your social circles. EQ or emotional intelligence is a great skill to have. This is key to maintaining, investing in, and being empathetic towards others.
Space we can create is space that we will find quatum leaps in our own personal growth and personal development. That’s something you’ll use consistently and not ever want to put in a storage box.