Self-Reflection Helps Athletes AdvanceBy Michael Cerreto, MS, CSC, LDR, Edu-K
An athlete’s ability to reflect on his or her experiences and make
adjustments to improve is a key factor in advancing to elite levels in a
sport. According to Laura Jonker, Ph.D., “Reflection is considered a
key factor in expert learning and refers to the extent to which
individuals are able to appraise what they have learned and to integrate
these experiences into future actions, thereby maximizing performance
When we find ourselves holding a different point of view most of us have a tendency to concentrate on how to have our side heard and how we will persuade others. Is there a better way?
While the other person is telling us why their's is the best route, we are often formulating our points and getting ready the counter argument. As a result we don't often hear their points. This is known as "level 2 listening".
If you listen intently first, ask questions and reframe their points back to them to show them that you understand their points, it will have 2 major advantages.
Sometimes people can find themselves wondering whats round the corner. What will life bring and how will they handle it? These people are sitting in the passenger seat of life and learn to make adaptions to bend with the wind of change.
Others take a look at their future and consider where they would like it to go. What do they want and how will they go about getting it? These people access what they have now, how will they get to where they want to go and set checkpoints along the way. These people are sitting in the driver's seat of life and make the neccessary alterations to get to a place they want to be.