Reflection – Do’s and Don’ts to get the best results!

Reflection allows us to enhance our decision making, gain clarity on our future goals and identify opportunities for improvement in our process and our behaviors. It’s a crucial skill to develop if your aim is to achieve the best possible results. But if you’re going to do it, you want to do it in a way that will help you achieve the very best results and returns for the time spent. In this blog we’ll discuss reflection and what you should do and should avoid to get the very best results.

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So what is reflection and what are the main do’s and don’ts you should be aware of?


Reflection is a tool to help make more informed decisions in the future. To reflect we must carefully analyze and review our past decisions, experiences and behaviors and then review the outcomes to gain better insight and understanding. It’s a phenomenal tool to assist in continuous innovation and improvement.

The Do’s of reflection

Just like there are things we should do during reflection there are things we shouldn’t! Take care to avoid doing these three things!


Although it’s easy to beat ourselves up over poor decisions or outcomes we didn’t want, it’s more self-sabotaging then effective during reflection. Avoid being overly critical and try to remain objective to get the most from your reflection.


Reflection takes time and we should be deliberate in the process. Rushing through reflection will seriously handicap the results you can expect from the exercise.

Fall prey to confirmation bias

A dangerous habit many people (especially those that are most introspective) fall into is confirmation bias. It’s common for us to want to cherry pick information that conforms to a result we want to have. Be as objective as possible during reflection to avoid this bias!

Reflection is yet another skill that every professional and business owner should take time to refine. It will help inform better decisions in the future and force a state of improvement and innovation.

What have your experiences with reflection been like?

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