The Learning from Experience IQ Matrix explores how to take full advantage of the power of self-reflection to improve your life and achieve your goals. Spending a little time at the end of your day on self-reflection can transform your life in remarkable and empowering ways. It will challenge you to think differently about your circumstances while also providing deep insights into how your decisions are impacting your life. You will, subsequently, have more clarity, make better choices, and act more decisively. Working through this map will help you gain the certainty you need to handle life’s difficulties and achieve your goals.
The map breaks down the value of self-reflection. It highlights what’s required to begin this practice and guides you through a set of questions you can use for self-reflection. The map also walks you through how to use self-reflection as a tool to actively learn from your experiences. And concludes with some further guidelines to help you make the most of your self-reflection time.
Here is a quick breakdown of each branch of the Learning from Experience mind map.
- The Benefit of Self-Reflection: The first branch of this map explores the incredible benefits of self-reflection. Specifically, it breaks down what it means to begin examining your life consciously and learning from your experience. All of which will help you make better choices when facing adversity or while pursuing your goals.
- The Requirements for Self-Reflection: Learning from experience is a pretty straightforward process. Self-reflection does, however, require certain things from you. It requires you are open to new possibilities and perspectives, open to changing direction, and to adopting new habits of behavior. These are just three of the requirements presented within the mind map.
- Self-Assessment Process: Settle yourself down in a quiet place with no distractions and begin the thinking process. Reflect on your day, your decisions, actions, thoughts, emotions, beliefs, interactions, attitude, problems, roles, goals, behavior, and so much more. The third branch of this map explores the process of self-reflection. It examines how to think about your life using several thought-provoking questions. Your answers to these questions will provide you with the insights you need to make positive and powerful changes in your life.
- Learn from Experience: The second part of the self-reflection process requires that you learn from your experience. Here you are taking all your answers from the self-assessment stage of this process and attempting to learn from the insights you gathered. Specifically, you must consider cause and effect relationships. Consider what “causes” are creating certain “effects” and how you could use this knowledge to improve your life and circumstances. This branch poses several insightful questions that will challenge you to think about your life and plan for your future.
- Guidelines for Self-Reflection: The final branch of this map presents you with several guidelines to help you gain maximum value from the self-reflection process. The branch also outlines how excessive self-reflection can harm you. As such, it’s important to remind yourself that moderation is always the safest strategy moving forward.
This map provides a roadmap and framework for learning from your experience and using that knowledge to improve your life. Referencing it regularly and committing it to memory will help you to embed these concepts and ideas into your subconscious mind.
A mind map, of course, does this beautifully because it mirrors the synaptic connections made in your brain as you try to establish new habits of thought and behavior. It brings together key concepts and ideas that help your brain to fully integrate and process this information. The brain, subsequently, rewires itself as it attempts to establish new habits of mind. It’s an ideal tool for creating lasting change and transformation.
Stick with these principles, memorize and incorporate them into your life, and you will progressively develop the habit of self-reflection. The more you think, the more insights you will gather about your life and circumstances, and the smarter decisions you will make for making the most of those circumstances.
When you purchase the Learning from Experience IQ Matrix you will receive:
- A PDF copy of the IQ Matrix, which you can use for printing in high resolution.
- A JPG image file of the IQ Matrix, which is ideal for viewing on tablets and mobile devices.
- A Desktop Background version of the map you can use for reference on your computer.
- A MindManager file for those who wish to edit the content of the IQ Matrix.
Additional visual resources and variations of this IQ Matrix might be added to your account page at no extra cost in the future.