Why might this toolkit be useful to me?
When we look in the mirror we see our reflection. In everyday life we sometimes talk about being in a ‘reflective mood’, and we tend to reflect on things that don’t have an obvious or straightforward answer. We might take time to reflect on something to consider it in more detail, in greater depth and in a new way. Consciously or unconsciously reflection involves our thoughts, ideas, experience and knowledge, and the process of reflecting might be pleasurable or uncomfortable, or a mixture of both.
Generally, reflection is a way of working on what we know already and it generates new knowledge. For that reason it is also used in learning and work contexts, and in relation to personal development and career planning.
The process of self-reflection is something we can undertake at any stage of life. It can help us to examine our goals, our decision making, our motivations and our feelings around a whole range of experiences.
The aim of this toolkit is to get you started on thinking about yourself, who you are, what you want to do in your present situation and how you can work towards doing what it is you want.