Take time to reflect on your actions
By Leanne Hoagland-Smith May 25, 2013 2:06PM
Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Today is Memorial Day, which marks the beginning of summer for many. In 1967, federal law declared its official name as it was also known as Decoration Day as well as Remembrance Day.
This is a day to remember, to reflect upon the sacrifices of others.
With life being so crazy busy, reflection appears for many to be a lost or buried skill. The focus on taking care of yesterday’s leftover emergencies to today’s problems always seems to be first and foremost in our thoughts as business leaders to professionals. These thoughts then become our behaviors. We become reactive thinkers and doers instead of proactive ones.
Executive coaching when executed well slows down and reverses this negative trend of reactive behavior. By developing proactive thinking through the focus on reflection, the person being coached or the “coachee” begins to gain greater clarity and to create a far more intentional path be it personal, professional or for his or her business.
This skill of reflection allows individuals time to slow down, to smell the roses, to appreciate life, to demonstrate patience and gratitude. The focus turns to the needs of others and not their own immediate and potentially self-serving interests.
What better day than today to invest some time to reflect upon those who sacrificed their lives so that others may live. Remember this leadership skill is one you can develop.
P.S. Shout Out – To all veterans for their commitment to ensuring our liberty and safety through their deaths while serving in our military. Without your ultimate sacrifice, our republic would not be here today. Thank you.