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Self-reflection is powerful tool to continue to build your knowledge and measure personal growth in your area of interest. Taking just five to 15 minutes each day to write a summary of events that you experienced will help build the habit of your conscious learning process. Reflecting on key moments when you have success, failure, or faced challenges will provide you will a tool to notice patterns to your mistakes. From there, you can make a conscious effort to begin detecting and correcting these patterns beforehand to grow your skills in the area if your interest.

Using daily reflection and journaling to expand your knowledge and experiences can also help build your area of expertise. You can continue to grow the depth of your knowledge through providing more opportunities to practice in your area and interest and then allocate time to journal your self-reflection of your experiences. Taking a moment to reflect and journal about your experience will serve as a valuable tool to increase your memory that, in turn, will continue to enhance your skills and fluency in your area of interest.

Self-reflection and journaling are significant components of your learning process and will begin to fuse memories and make your experiences clearer. The process of journaling will help guide you to reflect and notice more details in your experiences to make better decisions, develop your skills and create a memory bank of ideas to quickly access when you need.

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As you continue to develop your skills and knowledge in your area of interest, you will begin to notice the benefits of self-flection and your journaling process. Your openness to journaling and reflecting will allow you to develop deeper connection with your experiences. If you want to enhance your skills and knowledge, it is important not only to be passion about your area of interest but be open to the journaling and reflecting process so you have profound connection to it.

Having this passion for your topic of interest will energize and motivate you to continuously learn and the desire to improve. Developing skills through experiences takes time and practice, and it’s a process. Continue dedicating your time and attention to learning and practicing everything you need to know about your area of interest through self-reflection and journaling.

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Holly Metzger-Brown

Holly Metzger-Brown, M.Ed., CSA, GC-ABA, BCBA, LBS is the Learn & Play Director at the York Jewish Community Center. She graduated from Lycoming College, where she played varsity tennis and basketball. She has a master’s degree in teacher leadership and education. Holly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, certified POINTE PROGRAM consultant, and certified tennis instructor. She has been published in several books, journals and magazines, including Onsite Fitness, Netplay, Wacky Ways to Succeed with ADHD, Strategies, TennisPro, Yorkids and Community Rec. She has been locally and nationally recognized for her youth fitness and sports programs.

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