Reflective practice, the act of regularly reviewing one’s own work with a critical eye, emerges as a foundational element in the pursuit of excellence. This practice encourages individuals to recognize their own progress and identify areas for improvement.

The discomfort, embarrassment, or “cringe” one feels when examining past work signals growth and development. Such emotional responses indicate an evolution in understanding, skill level, and standards of quality.

Engaging in reflective practice thus serves as both a measure of progress and a driver of continued advancement.