The Power of Self-Reflection

by James R. Bailey and Scheherazade Rehman

Critical thinking requires not only an awareness of a current situation but also an understanding of what has worked in the past, what hasn’t, and how that can affect future decisions. But doing so requires a regular practice of assessment and reflection.

The practice of reflection is all about learning, looking back on the day (without bias or regret) to contemplate your behavior and its consequences. It requires sitting with yourself, taking an honest moment to think about what transpired, what worked, what didn’t, what can be done, and what can’t. Reflection requires courage. It’s thoughtful and deliberate. And only by looking back at your actions can you identify ...

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