The second R of Launchpad Dads problem-solving strategy is “Reflect.” Calling all dads. It is time to reflect on what the hell is going on now that we’ve put a name to it. There are many ways to reflect on something and if you're skillful at it, by all means, get to it! Like now.
Reflection is the process of setting time aside to actually think about what hydra you are up against and how this became an issue in your life. When did it start? Why did it start? How are you contributing to this problem? What are you going to do to resolve this issue?
Dads! We are natural problem solvers. I am asking that you put that solution-focused brain to work and come up with a strategy. This is you taking an active role in the outcome to an issue you are up against.
Tips for Reflection
The first tip is to become present as you begin Reflection. The easiest way to life hack to the present moment is by sitting still in a chair and deep breathing. When breathing in say “IN” throughout the entire inhale. Next, hold your breath and count to 7 in your head. After, say “OUT” during the entire exhale. Repeat this for 5 breaths. You will then be ready for Reflection.
Feeling overwhelmed by life stress where you don’t even know how you can focus on Reflection? Grab a piece of paper and write a list of all of those stressors. Tell yourself that you will get back to these after 10 minutes of reflection and give yourself permission to work on that festering, nagging problem.
Trust yourself. You are a capable dad. You are where you are and it's okay. It does not indicate your future. You are not a static human being but you are dynamic. Change is possible. I have seen it in many of the people who have come to see me. Have faith in a better outcome.
The next R of the 4 Rs is Research.