We shall not cease from exploration and the end of our exploring will be to arrive at the place we started and to know it for the first time.
T.S. Elliot - The Four Quartets
This period of adjusting to this new world, this more evolved you, is vital if you are not going to slip into old past habits. This is where you journal comes into it’s own.
Go back to the first page of your journal and read what you wrote. What were your goals? What were your dreams? Just read the page and reflect on not just what you wrote but what was your state of mind at the time? How were you feeling? What was going on in your life at that time? What were the challenges? Read through your journal with these questions in mind.
I would also suggest that you talk to others who have been part of the journey. How have your colleagues who have also been on the programme developed their thinking, feelings and actions? What did they do? What did they wish they had done? Better still sit with a friend or family member and talk through with them your experience. Have they noticed a shift in you?
For those of you who haven’t kept a journal I would suggest you start one now. As we move into the final stages of The Butterfly Model process checking in a little and often will prove to be a valuable resource for reflection and assessment of your own personal and professional development.
Start a new page in your book (or start the first page of a new one). Regardless of what you did or didn’t do start afresh today. Write down what you are going to ‘keep’, ‘develop’ and ‘let go’ over the next six weeks. Share your new goals with others so that they can support you.
Finally, take time out over the coming weeks to reflect on what you have achieved. Acknowledge the work you have done and the effort you have made to move from ‘knowing’ to ‘doing’.
It’s only when we can create regular times of calm and stillness in our busy lives that we can reflect on the path we have taken and then choose, consciously, the direction we want to go in now.