Taming the Reptile.
Talk, think, move, create, learn = a function of reflection and rejuvenation.
Survive, react, repeat, repeat, repeat = the results of operating in constant reaction mode.
I don’t know about you but I am conscious that I can spend far too much time in reactionary mode. It’s a necessary function for dealing with immediate stimuli, but really do I need to be reacting THAT much?
Insight, wisdom, progression comes from reflection using our massive neo cortex. It’s why we are the planets dominant species. Being constantly in reaction mode leaves little option but to continue the same habits and patterns.
Time for a little reflection. Over the holidays I’ll invite you to sit down and reflect on the following:
What have I accomplished last year? Remember to include business and personal events. Include both large and small things as well as what you are grateful for such as family, friends, your health, a good job, etc. List all of your accomplishments and all major events of the past year, both business and personal because it all counts. (I suggest going through your diary).
What challenges/obstacles did you overcome to realise those accomplishment?
Half the success is often in overcoming the difficulties.
List the qualities you used or developed to overcome these obstacles? (Patience, persistence, courage, humour, etc.)
What are your goals and wishes for 2014? This can include practical goals as well as pie-in-the sky, ambitious type stuff that you have no idea how to make happen. Write these all down on one long list.