Do you allot time for self-reflection or do you just keep pushing forward without a second thought?
Google defines self-reflection as “Meditation or serious thought about one's character, actions, and motives.”
According to MannyMolecular.com tuning into oneself is essential. They communicate, “Naturally, we seek insight, advice and validation from external sources; friends, colleagues, family, mentors, and of course, Google. But what we may find with time, is that outside feedback almost always comes with the subjective bias, values, even agendas of the individual/s that we are listening to, which may not always be in our own best interests. Outside feedback is a valuable resource, but it is unwise to relinquish our own independent thinking, our own decision making, our own intuition. This habit of constantly seeking outside advice and validation can become an addictive habit, that gradually builds layer oven layer of resistance to our own, unlimited reservoir of insight.”
It is helpful to prioritize some quiet time each day to think about you. What served you well today? What or who caused hardship? Think about your emotions, can you put your feelings into words (perhaps journaling)? What triggered an emotional response for you today and why?
Opening a nonjudgmental path to oneself enables you to confront, process and release discomfort, which can eventually cause physical ailments if it isn’t released.
In the midst of business, when you are trying to get through your day, you may be reacting to situations and letting things get the best of you. But, later, when your emotions are at rest and you’re feeling calm, you are more logical; your brain and your intuition are in check. This is a perfect time for self-reflection.
The value of this process is truly priceless. Be sure to tap into your inner guru as often as possible; it offers growth.