Reflect On Your Performance to Achieve Success

July 6, 2016 by

Success, performance, mastery, accomplishment, fulfillment…all these things we strive to achieve in the many different areas of our lives.

I’m sure you’ve gone after one or more of the above (hopefully them all!) at some stage. You probably did the usual stuff. And by ‘the usual stuff’ I mean did some research and made a plan, and then executed that plan as best you could.

Foolproof, right?

But what if I told you a vital step was missing? There was a simple stage you’d overlooked that may just be the key to actually being a successful project manager, or performing those tasks to the best of your ability?

Well, there is. And that step involves you to reflect on your performance and to ask yourself some tough questions.

In BrightWork, we advocate a 3 step process to help you achieve success. The 3 steps are:

  1. Research your chosen topic
  2. Execute your learnings
  3. Carry out a post-mortem to reflect on and learn from the experience.


We call it the REP process.




The final stage in this process, postmortem, is not one to be overlooked. By looking back over your performance in any area of your life, you can begin to learn from your experience.

When reflecting, ask yourself questions like:

  • What could I have done better?
  • Would I have done anything differently?
  • And how can I improve?


Once you have asked these questions, repeat the process of research, execute and post-mortem and you’ll be well on your way to success in whatever area you choose.


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Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook

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