Time to Reflect

July 10, 2013

“We don’t learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.”
—John Dewey, influential educational reformer

After a day on the ropes course or canoeing on the river, we ask our campers to reflect on what they learned about themselves, their skills, and their relationships. We know reflection is a powerful tool — but as leaders, are we using it ourselves?

Well, now’s a good time to check in!

How are you doing on your goals? What skills have you gained? What have you learned are your strengths, and what could you improve?

If you’re keeping a journal of what you’ve learned this summer, take some time to look back at what you’ve written and set some new goals or refine some old ones if you need to. If you haven’t logged the skills you’ve gained, take a moment today to reinforce your memory by writing about a time when you:

  • Showed leadership acumen
  • Were resourceful
  • Taught something technical to beginners
  • Encouraged positive group dynamics

What have you learned so far this summer? Share it in the comments below!

Photo courtesy of Manzano Mountain Retreat, Manzano, New Mexico