May 3, 2006
News & Opinion: Prepared Mind World Tour #8 -- Reflecting (Final Post)
I think the "no time" reason is overrated and is perhaps a proxy for something else. Perhaps think people don't know how to reflect or think they dont or they find it boring. Why? They are unsure what to compare their data to. If we only compare our results to our goals and look for gaps, what fun is that? Sure we can learn from mistakes or surprises, but it doesnt mean we get under the hood to truly reflect what is really going on and what really matters most to us.
To be habitual reflectors (and we do know some Prepared Minds who reflect at stoplights, reflect as they are running or working out, reflect as they are walking between meetings), each of us has to know our Big It. Thats right, the Big It. The Big It is our overall sense of purpose that we bring to everything we do work, family, recreation, standing in line in the grocery store. It is that sense of who we are and who we want to be when we are at our best. Its our bottom line. Now that gives us something juicy to reflect against. Each of us has a Big It. The key is to uncover it. Once you do, it serves as your overall integrity meter and reflecting will be a compelling habit because you will want to stay focused on your true north.
Reflect on the 3 or 4 times in your life when you exceeded your own expectation, and others expectation, and were down right inspiring. It doesnt have to be huge, just meaningful. Therein lies your Big It. And the search for the Big It is what we leave you with on this Prepared Mind blog.
[If you missed the first seven Prepared Mind stops, here they are: Observing, Reasoning, Imagining, Challenging, Deciding, Learning and Enabling]
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.