Reflected Best Self Exercise™


The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ enables people to identify their unique strengths and talents, making it an excellent tool for personal development. Each participant requests positive feedback from significant people in his or her life and then synthesizes it into a cumulative portrait of his or her “best self.”

The 2nd Edition of the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ features the most useful elements of the booklet Bringing My Reflected Best Self to Life, which was retired in 2011.

Born from empirical research from University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations, the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ uses stories collected from people in all contexts of your life to help you understand and articulate who you are and how you contribute when you are at your best. With these new insights, you will feel immediately strengthened and connected to others, experience clarity about who you are at your best, and refine personal development goals to be your best self more often. The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ guides you step-by-step through the process of identifying potential respondents, making the requests for feedback, creating a prior best-self portrait, analyzing your reflected best-self stories, creating a new, reflected best-self portrait, and translating that portrait into proactive steps for living at your best.

A teaching note and preview copy are available at no cost to instructors who order the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ . The teaching note provides information about the objectives behind the Reflected Best Self Exercise™ and includes suggestions for debriefing it in class.

For a teaching note and preview copy, please contact POS-tools@umich.edu.