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Reflecting Forward into 2016

Okay, I think I made that up: “reflecting forward.” It’s a bit of an oxymoron, but let me explain.

Reflection implies that we intentionally and mindfully think about our actions – either while in the moment (reflection in action) or afterwards (reflection on action). As we begin a fresh, wide open new year, now is a natural time to take a few minutes to actively reflect forward (reflection before action), contemplating what we want our actions to be in the coming months based on what we’ve done in the past.

Reflecting forward is almost impossible to do without looking back first. When I look back on 2015, I see goals I accomplished (co-authored a book…check) and goals I’d hoped to accomplish (graduate…well, I’m in the dissertation phase so that’s progress). When I reflect forward, I see opportunities that are grounded in the actions I’ve already taken. I’m looking forward to my travels to Illinois in March for the Empowering Professionals Conference and to Kentucky in October for DEC. I hope to (finally) finish my dissertation. I’m excited to nurture what our professional development (PD) team has started in 2015. Our team has several exciting projects underway, including a coaching implementation project that supports local leaders in using our Coaching Facilitation Guide through 6 months of technology-mediated, group support. We will continue with our monthly Talks on Tuesdays webinars and web discussions with interesting topics coming up. We are making great progress on extensive revisions to our state’s EI certification modules. We have upcoming PD work related to our state’s state systemic improvement plan (SSIP) that will help our service coordinators and service providers grow and deepen their practices. It’s an exciting time. Taking these few moments to reflect forward reminds me of why I do what I do, how much I enjoy the work, why it energizes, and what I have to look forward to.

Now it’s your turn…take 2 minutes and reflect forward to consider what you are excited about for the year ahead. What do you hope for? What energizes you? What do you want to do this year…do better, do more of, do differently? What are you looking forward to?

Share your reflections in the comments and let’s look forward to 2016 together!

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2 Comments to “Reflecting Forward into 2016”

  1. * I am finishing up work on my Infant Mental Health certification. I will be submitting the portfolio in May and the panel will review in June.
    *I will continue to work on my book.
    *Seeking recertification as a parent educator so I can continue side work working with families and presenting workshops.
    * I am looking at online programs to pursue a certification in Autism.
    *Due to recent health issues, I will continue to make sure I get enough sleep, exercise each day and eat healthy foods.
    * I am continuing my work as a service coordinator and the work I do with families
    * Continue to learn, grow from my families, colleagues, workshops and conferences and online learning
    * Most importantly to have fun and enjoy my work and life in 2016!

    • Looks like you’ve got exciting things ahead of you this year, Michelle! I especially love your last two items – continue to learn and grow, have fun and enjoy your work and live. Inspiration for all of us! 🙂

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