As athletes, or people in most walks of life, we are constantly striving and moving forward. We are always thinking about the next goal or event to give us direction and prevent us from looking backwards. However, it is important to occasionally take the time to reflect on all you have achieved, especially over the past year, and what better time to do this then at the end of the year.
For many, 2021 has been yet another year filled with lots of uncertainty, but there has been lots of achievement for so many people, on lots of different levels. Whatever your job or hobby, I am sure if you reflect, you will be amazed by the progress you have made and the steps you have taken.
Why is it important to reflect?
Reflection is a key part of self-development. In order to take steps forward, we need to see where we have come from. Not only is this important to allow us to learn from our mistakes, but it also allows us to see the result of hard work. When you are ticking off the weeks of training and racing, you can quite easily feel as though you are working hard but not progressing massively, but when you look at the year as a whole, you will be amazed by how far you have come. This is very motivating. It gives you the drive to push on and ride the ups and downs of life.
I for one can relate to the act of only remembering the races and sessions that didn’t go to plan. This causes you to feel like little things aren’t going to plan, however, you forget the 10 sessions out of 11 that did go to plan. It is the consistency that truly pays off, so that one session will have minimal, if no effect.
So, whether you sit down and consciously reflect, or take 5 mins to think back before you fall asleep, do look back on the year you have had. Be it in sport or in other walks of life, you will be surprised by the steps you have taken.
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