Give Yourself the Gift of Reflection

05 Dec 2012 10:51 AM | Anonymous
This time of year pulls us into a vortex of activity, emotion and demands. Added to the daily routines of life, are expectations of holiday cheer, giving lists, end of year giving and family dynamics to name a few. Finding a time of quiet reflection seems almost as remote as seeing Santa fly across the winter skies.

Yet giving yourself the gift of reflection now and as a regular practice moving forward could be one of the most rewarding and gifts of all.

In The Leadership Sanctuary we take this time to reflect -- to set or revisit our personal commitment as a leader, to close our eyes and to notice what our bodies are telling us.  Are we anxious? Are we tired or energized? Are we feeling hopeful or discouraged? Frustrated or peaceful. Are we holding our shoulders or jaw tightly? Simply acknowledge and then let it go or sit with it instead of brushing past it or reasoning your way out of it.

If you don't have this venue, set aside some time in your day for a practice of reflection.  Take five minutes in the morning behind a closed office door before a busy day of meetings or 10-15 minutes at home in a quiet room before jumping into family life.

This is your practice and a treasured gift that will show it's benefits in spades.
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