Bringing 2019 to a Close: The Power of Self-Reflection

As 2020 begins, it’s important to acknowledge all that we’ve accomplished and reflect on our experiences. With our enrollments up 20%, Autoships up 51%, and rank advancements up 19%, it’s clear why we are included in the Direct Selling News Top 100 companies. As CEO Chuck Funke noted in his holiday message, we’ve grown by 53% as a company overall. This next year should be a year to plant our flag and acknowledge all that what we’ve achieved, and be proud of our cutting-edge technology and products that are unique and scientifically backed.

We have an opportunity to honestly observe and assess ourselves in order to grow personally. It’s something that each of us should integrate consistently and constantly in our lives. Self-reflection helps us improve how we approach our work, how we approach our relationships, and in all that we do. In order to truly self-reflect, we have to do it humbly and we have to be truly honest with ourselves in order to grow.

Reflection for Awareness and Performance

As mentioned in the book ‘Emotional Intelligence’ by Greaves and Bradberry, “Self-awareness is not about discovering deep, dark secrets or unconscious motivations, but, rather, it comes from developing a straightforward and honest understanding of what makes you tick. People high in self-awareness are remarkably clear in their understanding of what they do well, what motivates and satisfies them, and which people and situations push their buttons.”

Bradberry goes on to say, “Self-awareness is a foundational skill; when you have it, self-awareness makes the other emotional intelligence skills much easier to use. As self-awareness increases, people’s satisfaction with life—defined as their ability to reach their goals at work and at home—skyrockets. Self-awareness is so important for job performance that 83 percent of people high in self-awareness are top performers, and just 2 percent of bottom performers are high in self-awareness. Why is this so? When you are self-aware you are far more likely to pursue the right opportunities, put your strengths to work and—perhaps most importantly—keep your emotions from holding you back.”

Reflection in Your ASEA Business

How can we apply this as an ASEA family? Here is how I’ve been reflecting on our accomplishments this year:

1. Reflect on your experiences.
○ What went well? What didn’t?

2. Reflect on your learning.
○ What lessons did I learn from these experiences?

3. Apply your learning to future behavior.
○ How can I apply what I have learned to achieve my future goals?
○ What behavior am I going to keep, stop, start doing to improve?
○ What am I going to focus on that matters most to achieving what I want?

Assess your experiences. What do they mean? How are you going to learn from them? How are you going to grow? Experiences in life, both good and bad, are meant to teach us lessons. They help us learn and grow and progress in life. Oftentimes, we have experienced but we may miss the meaning because we don’t take the opportunity to reflect on them and grow.

Reflecting Forward with Gratitude

Experiences will either influence new philosophies, new behaviors, and new models of thinking that we can continue, or they will teach us things we should avoid in the future. Self-reflection helps us to identify the things that matter most in life. It helps us to define our goals. It gives us clarity on where we need to improve to become who we want to be.

We must also celebrate our achievements, whether they be big or small. Oftentimes, we don’t give ourselves enough credit for all that we’ve accomplished. When we acknowledge what we’ve achieved, it gives us an opportunity to express and feel gratitude to the people that have helped us along the way. I promise you that as you develop these self-reflective leadership qualities in all aspects of your life, your relationships both professionally and personally, will improve.