Happy New Year

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    I have always loved the coming of the new year. This time of year has always reminded me to take time to reflect on what has happened and prepare for what is to come. This is an often missed step along our busy paths and quest to accomplish so much during a year. However, reflection should be a regular habit in our days. Our busy lives and ever-connectedness to everyone and everything often stifle our ability for this.

    However, reflection is necessary for adult learning and growth. Many adults would agree with the research that suggests we learn through our experiences. A critical step in this learning process is the ability to analyze and reflect on the experiences. Failure to take adequate time to do this can result in quick reactions that may be driven by emotions that were brought on by the experience.

    So in the new year, build reflection into your schedule. Set time to review what has happened and what is expected to happen. Allow time for flexibility and readjustment. And allow time to just de-compress and relax.

    Best wishes to you in the new year!

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    Sheri Mazurek is a training and human resource professional with over 16 years of management experience, and is skilled in all areas of employee management and human resource functions, with a specialty in learning and development. She is available to help you with your Human Resources and Training needs on a contract basis. For more information send an email to smazurek0615@gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter @Sherimaz