Life is becoming fast paced, in fact, our lives have never been busier then we are today, and this is the number one reason why we need to master the power of self-reflection. What are the benefits of self-reflection? How can self-reflection enable me to achieve my goals and new years resolutions?
Good or Bad?
Over the years self-reflection has been given a bad reputation, we are taught that self-focus is destructive and leads to narcissism which is the pinnacle of a, me first attitude without any regard to an individuals surrounding world. There is a distinct difference between self-focus, self-criticism and self-reflection. Self-focus is simply turning your focus off the outside world and onto your self, however, self-criticism takes the process one step further by viewing yourself and your actions through a critical lens, but there is no evaluation or application, a simple highlight of what is not working without regard to what is actually going on beneath the surface because we do not fail or mess up in a vacuum; its important to note that life doesn’t always transpire as originally planned, nevertheless it is beneficial to understand why or how events go wrong, because a moment of failure is an opportunity to learn to better yourself and to take a different and more effective course of action.
Much Needed Time-Out
Self-reflection gives you an opportunity to take a much-needed time out from your busy fast paced life to simply, slow down, pause and reflect in order to take stock of where you are, where you are going and what you are doing. We often fail to take the time to reflect upon where we are at in life and without self-reflection we may never achieve our dreams and as a result, we risk going down a path or in a direction that we never intended.
Reflection Builds Awareness
Self-reflection is a tool that enables you to live a life of intention, which builds awareness; in fact many of our life goals remain undiscovered because of a lack of reflection and self-awareness. In order to increase your chances of reaching your goals, you need to have a greater awareness of your current behavioural patterns and its impact upon the achievement or distraction from your goals. The process of self-reflection reveals an awareness of the discrepancy between your current state and your goals, which is critical to self-improvement.
A Great Motivator
Self-reflection creates a temporary pain or a fear of pain that can be associated with the realisation of a discrepancy between our current state and our goals. This fear of pain is a driving force, which is a great motivator and can spur us on toward achieving your goals. This pain or sting associated with an individual’s discrepancy plays a crucial role in changing behaviour. Self-reflection goes beyond admitting a...