May 3, 2006

News & Opinion: Prepared Mind World Tour #8 -- Reflecting (Final Post)

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 4:00 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

So much to think about, so little time.Of all the Prepared Mind skills people tell us they want to do but don't have time for, of all the Prepared Mind skills Prepared Mind leaders tell us they make time for, Reflecting rises to the top of the list.
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]