Merry Christmas!

I love this time of year.  The holidays brings so much joy to our family.  This year is extra special because we have a full house! My mom, in-laws and cousin are spending the holiday with us.

I am always amazed with the Christmas Rush.  In the last couple of days, people were going one hundred miles an hour getting ready for Christmas.  The roads were packed, the stores were flooded with people.  So much was happening.

But in the midst of all the chaos, I want to tell you how important it is to pause.  It is extremely powerful for your growth.

The type of pause I am referring to is Reflection.

Think about it… when was the last time you reflected on something? The last time that you set aside to intentionally think about something that has happened to you.  A good day… or a bad one.  The time that you problem solved on yourself.  The time that you ask yourself hard questions whose answers may change your tomorrow.

Reflection is an incredible way to enrich your thinking and let lessons catch up with you.  A good time to grow.

Personally, I try to reflect on a daily basis.  But I must confess… it is very hard to do.

… and rightfully so.  We are so busy.  There are so many demands.  There are so many things to get done.

But when you take time to reflect, you allow your thoughts and actions come full circle.

You become more aware of the results of your actions and it gives the opportunity to ask yourself questions that will trigger problem solving, creativity, honesty… among others.

You will be surprised what your mind will tell you when you think with intention.

So, if you haven’t reflected recently or never have, here is my suggestion…

First of all, commit to it.  Know that reflection is an important part of your growth.

Reflect in a place that you love.  A place that would stimulate good thinking.  It doesn’t matter if its outdoors or indoors.  What matters is that no one bothers you – that its just you.

… and like everything, if you don’t plan to reflect, it will most likely not get done… regardless of how well intended you might be.

So get it in your calendar.  10 minutes a day, a couple of hours a week, a day or two a year.  Find what works for you.

There are many lessons to be learned when reflecting.  Embrace it.  Be honest with yourself and have fun with it.

There will be things that you will make you laugh and things that will make you sad.

But the full spectrum is important for growth to happen.

Try to write down your thoughts so that you can reference them later.  A journal or planner is a good tool to capture these.  Personally, I have used the “Self Journal” and the “Full Focus Planner”.  They are both great.  But a notes app in your phone will work just as good.

Let your thoughts flow and I promise the growth will be powerful.

I will say this again, it is very important that you are intentional with your thinking.  If you are not, you won’t grow to the level that you could.

This week is my week to reflect on 2017.  Boy, what a wonderful year this has been.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

To your success,

Jose

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