Day 12 – I am reflecting…
I used to consider reflecting the same as daydreaming. Daydreaming about the past, present and future was a waste of time. There was always enough to do in the present and no time to waste thinking about the past or things that are yet to happen. If I needed to reflect, I could do that next year.
I learned, however, that there is a better definition of reflecting than daydreaming. Reflecting is taking stock. Reflecting is assessing what is working and what is not. Reflecting is, what we call in the Military, ‘Mission Analysis’ or ‘Needs Analysis’ in the business world. In the 15 Laws of Growth, it is the Law of Awareness. You must know yourself, to grow yourself. You must see yourself daily.
Napoleon used scouts to watch the enemy, but also to watch his own forces. His ability to influence the battlefield better than any other leader of his time, was because he knew where his forces were and what they could do. Nobody else was doing that. Napoleon’s Maxim number VIII reads: A general should ask himself frequently in the day, what should I do if the enemy appears in my front, or on my right, or on my left? If he has difficulty answering… then he should seek to remedy it.
Napoleon reflected daily and with every changing situation. We must do the same. Think into the day and harness the power to influence tomorrow. Reflection is part of my daily routine and I am no longer afraid to ‘daydream’.
I am reflecting…
Marshall Townsend II
President and CEO
Marshall Townsend 2nd Leadership
Independent Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team