In The Law of Reflection, chapter 4 of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John uses the old Coca-Cola slogan, “The Pause That Refreshes,” in introducing several key points that emphasize the importance of reflection. As Cindy and I prepare for some deep reflection on the 12 months we’re finishing, I thought it would be timely to share some of these points, along with a few thoughts that may help us all apply them in our own lives.
We’ve all heard that experience is the best teacher, but is that the truth? In the section of The Law of Reflection called “Reflection Turns Experience into Insight,” John challenges that adage with an old saying about experience being a teacher that always gives the test before the lesson…
I can see two major challenges in relying on our own experience to be our best teacher:
- To learn all the lessons we likely need to learn in order to achieve much of significance, we will need to live to a very old age (and be prepared to spend A LOT of money in the process – some experiences tend to be expensive…).
- Few people ever take the time to think into their experiences to dig the lesson out.
As Cindy and I dedicate several pockets of time to this over the next few days, we will have quite a few things to be very thankful for and a few to be proud of. But we’ll also have a few things we need to study to be sure we don’t repeat in the coming year. This will be part of the process for making sure we start 2018 focused on the things that are the most important for our family and our business, add the most value to the people we are able to serve, and provide the necessary rewards that will allow us to keep moving forward.
We have a significant advantage as we begin this process: MENTORSHIP! Quite frankly, without mentorship, I would be very unlikely to ever take time to block the time for this exercise. Another huge benefit we get from the mentors in our life is the opportunity to learn from THEIR experience rather than having to try everything out for the first time on our own!
As 2017 comes to an end, I challenge you to take some time to PAUSE long enough to see if you’ve missed any of the lessons that were buried in your experiences over the last 12 months. I also challenge you to be intentional about studying the mentors in your own life.