Here lately, I have been reading and listening to highly successful people. Each come from different backgrounds, have obtained different levels of education, and are successful (both financially and professionally). Each have spoken about the importance of time, how critical it is to manage your time effectively. Time is important in many facets of life. For example, timing in relationships is critical. Doesn’t matter if the relationship is intimate, friendly, or professional, for the relationship to be beneficial, the timing must be right.
So how do you spend your time? Now I know this may vary for you depending on your commitments. Whether it is family (spouse, significant other, kids), job, church or religious affiliation, community organization, or just trying to remain sane in America. I challenge everyone to make time for self-reflection. I believe self-reflection is important for many reasons. I think it is important to see how far we have come. When we self-reflect, it keeps us focus and allows us to concentrate on what really matters in life. Not material things, but the things that are important to you (i.e. goals, values, beliefs, etc.).
One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 13:11. The text states, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. Growing up in a black church, I heard this text over and over and over…..and over again. But I can honestly say it did not hit home until here recently as I began to think about old mentalities, behavior, and mistakes I have made. With time comes development, with development comes growth, and with growth comes maturity. Each are important in becoming the best you, you can be.
Before this year is over, spend sometime reflecting on the following: (a) how good God has been to you, friends, and family; (b) the blessings and positive things that occurred this year; (c) areas in your life that you want to improve; and (d) how you can contribute and meet your future goals (i.e. spiritual, personal, , financial, professional, etc.) in 2017. Just like its a best practice to get your oil changed periodically throughout the year, we must examine and reflect not only on our past but more importantly where we are going in the future.