Why is Self-Reflection Important to Be the Best Version of Yourself?
Self-reflection is one of the lost arts that is finally making a comeback. There are so many things we have denied ourselves and ended up wondering later why we are not satisfied.
By the time we wake up, we have often reached the shore. Realizing later on that we were on the wrong boat the whole time. Thus, self-reflection is necessary to see what matters.
What is Self-Reflection?
Self-reflection, by definition, means carrying out an analysis of your thought process, actions, emotions, and feelings. Furthermore, understanding the root causes leads you to act out in certain situations in ways that weren’t good.
It's a skill that has been perfected over the years. It affects you on multiple levels, including physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. As a person involves himself in self-reflection, he develops what is commonly known as “inner witness” or a “conscience”.
However, self-reflection can prove to be a double-edged knife. There is always a slim line between most similar yet completely different things. The same goes with self-reflection. When used well, it turns your life around self-love. However, when abused, you end up falling into self-obsession.
How is Self-Reflection Key to Self-Awareness?
Once you start looking at your thought process and actions from a neutral point of view, many problematic areas become highlighted. It makes you curious to dig deeper and then starts the “Why’s”.
All in all, it allows you to look beneath the layers of your thoughts and emotions. Furthermore, it offers you active guidance in learning healthy responses and behaviors. Such an attitude helps to avoid ending up or being in a regretful situation again.
It actively allows you to leave the meaningless practices and notions that you had picked from people unknowingly. Instead, you get to understand yourself more each time. And along the way, you will also find yourself picking new values true to your nature.
How Can You Avoid Self-Obsession With Self-Reflection?
The self-judgment steps in when the person starts falling into obsession. However, it is only effective when the person has perfected their self-reflection process.
The only way to realize how to be the best version of yourself comes from self-reflection and awareness. Therefore, to see your worth, you should practice self-reflection.
However, it does not mean that self-judgment makes you compare yourself to others instead of learning from them.
If anything, such self-judgment can push you into self-pity and make you feel like a failure.
Because no matter what, one can never fail at being themselves in this world. Therefore, a neutral approach is important when it comes to self-understanding.
Self-reflection gives birth to your inner critic. Who effectively puts an end to any negative borderline-obsessive behavior. As it helps you go deeper with your inquiries like “how did that thought even arise?”. Or “When I experience this hot frustration, what does it tell me about my situation?”
The answers to such deeper questions effectively help in pulling yourself out from possible toxic behaviors. While also keeping your inner critic in check to stop it from rearing its head as a destructive “self-judge”.
How Self-Reflection promotes Self-Growth?
On this device-operated earth, self-reflection is a crucial skill to practice and master for self-development.
While your inner critic is at the job of keeping your thoughts and actions in check, it has one more job. It helps you recognize your faults in a form called “constructive criticism”. That allows you to improve to be the best version of yourself.
It helps you find the answers to your “Why’s”, like why you have the thoughts you do. Or why you respond to people the way you do, why you live the way you do, and much more.
Once the answers are found, recognizing the cause of your struggles becomes a smooth ride. Moreover, it shows you the ways to deal with them constructively.
Once you start working on these areas, you automatically become more tuned in to your life. Thus, further helping you recognize opportunities hiding and utilize them accordingly.
How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety with Self-Reflection?
Once we become aware of what truly matters in our lives, we, in turn, become more confident as we focus on what matters. This attitude gives positive results in ways like happiness and satisfaction.
A habit of daily self-reflection offers better insight into our issues. When your mind is not infected with unproductive and toxic thoughts, it offers a better sleep.
Sleeping, in turn, helps you become less irritable, less sickly and helps you to have a better focus. Thus, allowing you to handle matters with a sober mind.
Such an attitude removes stress from life which in turn allows you to make wise decisions. But, on the other hand, if you self-reflect before making a move, it offers more confidence and helps you not make rash decisions even under pressure.
The Bottom Line
In order to mix self-reflection into our daily lives, a few changes have to be made, including short 5-minute reflective breaks to promote focus.
And keeping a journal to be able to express the thought process. This allows one to have a better understanding.
While a quiet, personal reflection is enough to understand one's selves. It is the reflecting aloud to an audience that makes a notable difference.
As you start to voice your thoughts and ideas amongst your circle, you open yourself to the opportunity of having multiple points of view over a single matter.
This helps you to learn a better, more productive way to handle the situation at hand.