I am writing this post on my birthday. My 33rd birthday to be exact. Every year on my birthday, I spend a good amount of time in self-reflection. I think about my past year, what I have accomplished, the goals I set out toward and how far I progressed, and the person I have grown into. This is something I do every birthday, but it is also something that I do on a consistent basis. I know the importance of self-analysis for myself. It is in self-reflection that I am able to dissect my time, efforts, and amount of sacrifice I have been giving.

There is a really great book called The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer . He always made the point at the end of each chapter to emphasize the importance of having moment of quiet contemplation.

The same way we do employee reviews, it is important to do this about your own life and where you are. It is important to dispassionately reflect on yourself. To evaluate yourself in an objective way without emotion. You should do this in every aspect of your life. Personal life, professional life, and how much you gave to the world and sacrificed for others.

This allows yourself to enjoy and celebrate the accomplishments you have and to evaluate areas in which you can grow and improve. Write down the goals you still need to push towards.

Then reflect on your why. Your intentions behind what you have done. This is where the majority of your growth will come. Do not judge yourself, do not make excuses for yourself. You will get caught up in your head and will not be able to use you reflection productively. Be honest about the why behind what you have done and what you are doing. Be honest about what have been driving you and ask yourself if your why needs to evolve. If it needs to be improved upon.

You need to always know the why behind what you are doing and you cannot know that unless you have quiet moments of contemplation. With self-reflection you will be able to, as Dr. Dyer says, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.” In other words, whatever your thoughts and mindset is focused on is how you see the world and will dictate your actions.

So ask yourself: What are you doing? Why are you doing this? What is the method to your madness? Are you achieving your goals? Are you making things happen? And are you giving to the world more than you have taken? Are you contributing to your community and to others?

When you hold yourself accountable, it allows you to push yourself further.

So, on my birthday, thank you to all of you. To our clients, to all of you who continue to listen and support and let us know that what we are putting out is helping you. You are amazing and why we do what we do! I will be reflecting on all of you and how grateful I am for the opportunity to share and help others grow and how I can become better at this for you.

- David L. Joyner and the Joyner Media & Strategies Team