Over the weekend I came across a study that suggested that processing time, reflection, and metacognition are vital to the writing discipline and many other disciplines. That is what I am going to do and what I suggest you might want to consider. Your timing might be different than mine but take the time to reflect. Much of the effort put into studying and writing is wasted because we often do not adequately process our experiences, nor do we take the time given to reflect upon them.
Understanding a topic provides the foundation for remembering or reconstructing facts or methods. With this definition, understanding is also known as conceptual knowledge; learning that builds conceptual knowledge helps us link old knowledge with new knowledge, and this means – TAKE time for reflection.
Reflection can also build our confidence. When good beginnings are followed by goal-directed, learning, we see personal progress. We will benefit when we combine goals, learning, conversation, and reflection. As we spiritually grow we need perseverance and practice to find the success we desire, when we persevere we achieve goals.
Our confidence will build further when we recognize the strategies we used that brought us success. We need to reflect so that we remember where our passions and optimism ran high and learning was a new adventure to be explored with joy.
This is a long way of saying that I am going to reflect, think, study, and learn this week so that I can bring some new ideas to the Spiritual Life Coaching in the weeks ahead. I encourage you to look back over your own goals and spiritual growth. Do some reflection and prayer. I’ll see you in a week – and as my dad always added, “Lord willing.” Peace.