Friday, 12 July 2013

The benefits of regular reflection

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This summer over 14,000 young people will take part in NCS powered by The Challenge. For 15-17 year olds across the country, NCS will be a time of reflection, where their strengths and weaknesses will be made unquestionably clear.

So why is reflection important, especially in our society?

When we reflect, it helps us to understand the world through our own experience. It also allows us to take a step back and get a better perspective of our lives, our actions and our relationships. By reflecting on ourselves we gain greater clarity.

In our fast-paced society we often overlook our daily experiences and the key lessons that come along with them.  Reflection enables us to discover new things about ourselves and other people, which can bring us closer together.

Here is a heart-warming story of reflection from a parent of one of the young people on our NCS programme.

“My daughter left school with a great set of GCSE results but few skills for adult life and the world of work. During NCS she met and learnt how to collaborate with people from a diverse range of backgrounds. The activities enabled her to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills whilst honing her teamwork and independence. However, regular times of reflection have helped her to recognise the gifts and opportunities in her own life and how she can use her strengths to impact the lives of others.

As a parent, I believe this is the best investment that I have ever made for my children!”

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