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Reflection Is Necessary For Progress

Day Nine: Reflection

During the first eight days of the Twelve Days of Crysmas, we’ve focused on different areas to ensure that you have the best 2018 possible. Hopefully, these tips have pushed you to reconsider some of your thinking and behavior patterns for next year.

The most critical part, for me, of self-development and growth is reflection. Taking time to go through past situations with a fine-tooth comb to get a better understanding of the lessons being taught and the messages you may have missed is critical. Reflection is not to be confused with dwelling on a situation and taking nothing from it other than the negative aspects. Reflection means looking at a situation from all angles with an open heart and mind so that you’re able to decipher and decode what you need to take from it.

Every situation we find ourselves in and every person we meet is there for a reason. That reason being to show us things about ourselves so that we ultimately heal past trauma, grow as a person, and become the best version of who we are. This doesn’t happen without recognition, however, and recognition comes from reflection.

I urge you all to take time to reflect on this year and all that has happened. Are you clear about why certain things happened or didn’t happen? If you’re not, it’s time to get very clear about why you haven’t reached your goals. If you do not take the time to reflect and acknowledge the issues that need your attention, 2018 will bring about the same problems. What you ignore does not go away; it will continue to resurface until you handle it appropriately (Click to Tweet).

Part of doing the work is doing work internally as well. Spend time with yourself, develop a stronger connection spiritually, and be open to seeing things from an unbiased perspective.

How has reflecting on situations benefited you?


  • Leslie

    I agree, reflection is necessary and beneficial but I prefer and have learned to do it in a timely manner. It allows me to live in the present and now and prepare for the future.

  • Eva Wilson

    It is my birthday today and I have spent the whole day reflecting on a lot of things that have been weighing on me. Reflecting has made me feel lighter and more prepared for the upcoming year.

  • Tiffany Haywood

    Reflection is definitely necessary. I believe you can never mark your path to progress without realizing the path that brought you to where you are now.

  • Natasha

    Reflection is such a necessary part of change. Without it, you can’t see from whence you came, and if you can’t see that, you’re bound to stay stagnant. I’m loving the 12 days of Crysmas!

  • Bridgid

    Reflection is something that I don’t naturally just do but I am working on getting in the habit of it. My older sister often guides me through reflection because she’s more of a deep thinker and is naturally better at going through situations and looking at it from all angles. I have to say that I am so grateful for her because the reflection that she’s helped me with has really helped me to flourish.

  • Nanekia Ansari

    Currently reflecting and planning. It’s necessary to see where you have been to know where you are going.

  • Tiffany H.

    I think reflection is great way to ponder on both the negative and positive aspects of life. I know they say everything happens for a reason. I am always trying to figure out the why when certain things occur.

  • Ashleigh

    Reflection is sooo necessary in pretty much every stage of life. It’s a shame some people only do it around the new year but constantly reflecting on my life throughout the year has definitely benefited me greatly. Being in a state of constant reflection helps to not put off making the changes necessary to live our best lives.

  • Kasi

    This is a great piece of advice! I have been doing a lot of self-reflecting lately.

  • ShaBree

    Couldn’t have said it better. Reflect to progress. It’s s must.

  • Adeola Naomi

    I reflect daily at the end of the day. It is a great way to debrief and also see what needs changing in the new day.

  • Adeola Naomi

    Reflecting is the most essential human feeling to see what worked and work on what doesn’t. I couldn’t have said it better.

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