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How to Self-Reflect: Guidelines and Resources

Copyright Carter McNamara, Authenticity Consulting, LLC

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What is Self-Reflection?

How to Improve Your Self-Reflection

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What is Self-Relfection?

Wikipedia defines self-reflection as "... the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence.

Researchers and educators are emphasizing the importance of self-reflection, especially as means to continually learn from our own experiences. It is important because the world is rapidly changing around us like never before. What we learn today can become obsolete tomorrow.

Self-reflection is a term that many us believed was in the realm of psychology and therapy. Yet, many of us self-reflect on a regular basis, and don't know that the term is applying very much to what we are doing.

For example, when we think back on our lives, we might recall painful lessons that we learned and do not want to repeat. We also might recall times that when we were particularly courageous -- times that we particularly proud of. That activity of thinking back is essentially the nature of self-reflection. Especially as we gain more experiences in our lives, as our lives are changing and as we encounter more complex situations and problems, the ability to self-reflect becomes even more important.

Here are additional perspectives on reflecting and self-reflection.
It's The Season For Self-Reflection
The Power of Self Reflection
Time to Reflect – Why Does It Matter in the Workplace?
Reflecting About Your Experience

How to Improve Your Self-Reflection

As with any skill, it takes practice. First, you get new information about how something could be done and then you practice applying that information.

The Lost Art of Self-Reflection
Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It)
40 Thoughtful Self-Reflection Questions
101 Questions To Ask Yourself in Life
25 Self-Reflection Questions to Get Students Thinking About Their Learning
Slideshare: Ask Your Employees These Questions To Improve Workplace Culture & Team
5 Extremely Revealing Self-Reflection Questions Crucial for Personal Growth
How A Daily Self-Reflection Practice Improves Leadership Performance
87 Self-Reflection Questions for Introspection [+Exercises]

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Self-Assessments (numerous self-assessments)
Goals - Setting Personal Goals
Changing Your Behavior
Basic Requirements of Learners in Training and Development
Learning Style Inventory
Personal Productivity
Personal Wellness
Reading Skills

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