Leveraging the potential of self-reflection for the new year

Author: Yassin Vancolen

When we entered 2020, we carried with us all the hopes that a new year brings, yet no one could have predicted the reality we would be confronted with. Within only a few months, we witnessed empty grocery store shelves and shortages of essential supplies such as masks and hand sanitizers. With the world put on lockdown, we quickly adapted the way we interacted with others - online platforms became our new norm. We found hope as we came together, to care for each other and do our part in keeping our communities safe. So, as we bid farewell and reflect on 2020, leverage the power of self-reflection as we enter the new year.

Self-reflection has been shown to significantly improve learning and performance, it should not be used to judge or criticize, but instead be utilized as a tool to develop and fulfill potential. Reflection allows for the opportunity to improve upon strengths, align on values, and enforce goals.

  • Keep perspective

Reflect on the bigger picture, although small things can seem important it is important to keep perspective. Celebrate the big successes but also the little successes and be grateful for the little things each day.

  • Stay inspired and confident

Reconnect with moments in life that influenced important decisions and goals. Reflections whether on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis can help reconnect inspirations in life. Work with your strengths and build confidence, especially in moments when you feel weak. Reflect on the skills you excel at and how you can apply them to different challenges.

  • Keep the future in mind but recognize the past

Take time to recognize the past, this prevents mistakes and failures from happening again. The past makes us who we are but reminds us of who we want to be.

Finally, reflect in ways that work for you. This could be in the morning, after work, or before bed. Reflections can be thoughts; they can be written reflections or be shared with others to re-enforce them. Most importantly, reflections are about asking yourself evoking and tough questions, that deepen the inquiry process. Use the questions to help challenge your thinking and reinforce your goals.

When reflecting even on the worst of situations, you must find something to learn and grow from. This past year put global supply chains to the test and the pandemic shed light on many vulnerabilities in supply chain operations that prevented businesses from growing. In the long-term, we must seek to address those vulnerabilities by making supply chains more resilient, flexible, and scalable.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we cannot know what next year will bring. But whether it is smooth sailing or rough seas, one thing remains constant: that is BrightWolves’ dedication to bridging the gap between strategy and implementation, thereby providing our clients with sustainable business transformations.