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How do you understand your experiences?

 

Experiences exist on a spectrum, a range from bad to good as we understand the definitions of those words.

 

The obvious truth is that both ends of that spectrum – along with every single point in between – provide value if we understand them correctly.

 

The non-obvious truth is that the actions taken to understand are what provide the value.

 

Those three actions are reflection, interpretation, and application.

 

Let's look at them.

 

Reflect – Pick one experience and look back at it. See it clearly. Don't leave any relevant facts out. Positive, negative, seemingly neutral. Write them all down.


Interpret – Observe and examine those facts. Start to think about them in a more subjective way. How did they make you feel? What did they make you think about then? What did they make you think about then? Does the overall experience feel more negative or more positive now then it did before? Does it make you feel something different entirely?


Apply – Integrate the objective facts with your subjective feelings. What options and opportunities are now available for you to tinker with and try? Move forward with incremental action. Test and learn.


Don't judge initial outcomes. Just …

 

… do the work that's right in front of you, and see what happens.

 

✍🏼 My name is Carey Kight, and I am ❌ not an operator ❌. I was a flight line weapons troop in the Air Force. Now I help veterans build ⚡️SKILLS⚡️ to successfully transition from service to civilian.

 

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