The four stages are: Repeat, Refer, Review, Reflect.
Llike a mantra you can use to guide yourself through a reflection.
First, repeat the specific situation, experience, day or period by asking yourself “what happened?”. Can you recap the facts?
Then, refer and summarise the events, calling out any specifics that stood out.
Once you review and critically evaluate all events or interactions that took place be honest with yourself and check in with your feelings: which emotions do you feel and what do they tell you?
Diving one layer deeper we can then reflect what our biggest insights are, and how these could be transformed into action for the future.
The real impact of reflection will become apparent when you are able to break through a pattern, you are actually able to apply the learnings in a new situation and real change happens.
Here are some general reflection questions to, which can offer hooks into the reflection process:
💭 What happened that affected me most?
💭 How did that make me feel?
💭 What have I learnt about myself, and how I work?
💭 What have I learnt about others?
💭 How can I apply these learnings going forward?