Why Self Reflection is Important
Updated: Jan 13, 2021
What is self reflection?
Self reflection is like looking into a mirror and describing what you see. It is a way of assessing yourself, how you behave, what you respond to, what your hopes and dreams are and what you want from life. It is looking within and understanding yourself.
Why is self reflection important?
Self reflection allows you to see yourself, your skills, your behaviour and your life and then reviewing their effectiveness. Deciding whether what you are doing at the moment is working out for you rather than just doing things the same way as you have always done them over and over again. Self reflection allows you to question yourself in a positive way to evaluate where you are at so, if you need to, you can make the necessary changes to make your life a little easier and a little happier.
Self reflection can apply to any area of yourself or your life - whether this be your work life, your home life or your personal life. You can reflect on how you behave, any problems you may need to resolve or any goals you want to achieve. Allowing you to move forward in a clear direction, creating a better version of you and your life.
Self Reflective Questions:
Below are some reflective questions which you can ask yourself, either in a journal or just in your head, to get those reflective juices flowing:
Your thoughts about yourself
Do you like who you have become?
What value do you bring to the world?
What are your strengths?
What do you love about yourself?
Which three words describe you best?
What’s your “why”?
What excites you?
How can you add more fun into your life?
What do you need to forgive yourself for?
What adventure would be thrilling right now?
If you’re feeling down, how do you cheer yourself up?
What have your stress levels been like lately?
What has brought you joy this week?
On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you with your life right now?
How do you handle anger and frustration?
Your goals and future
What does your ideal day look like?
Are the obstacles in your path real or have you made them up?
Are you doing what you truly want to do?
What are your five-year goals?
What big changes do you want to make in your life?
When you’re telling your grandkids about your life, what do you want to tell them about?
What’s the biggest thing holding you back from achieving your goals?
Which dream would you invest in first if you won the lottery today?
Your thoughts about your past
What challenges have you overcome in your life?
What regrets do you have?
What is your favourite memory?
Your career and education
What new skill have you learned recently, either personally or professionally?
What has allowed you to accomplish as much as you have in life?
What are your professional strengths?
What is something you’d love to learn?
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
What is your favourite self-care activity?
How does minimalism play a role in your life?
How do you practice mindfulness?
How often do you practice self-care?
How productive are you?
Do you plan your day the night before?
What benefits do you get from self-care?
Relationships with others
If you could have dinner with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be and what would you ask them?
If someone else described you, what do you think they would say?
Who are you craving a deeper relationship with?
If you had five minutes and the whole world was listening, what would you say?
What is your favourite topic to talk about?
How do you handle conflict?
Who do you look up to?
How similar are you to your parents?
What is the nicest thing someone has ever told you?
What do you believe is the most important characteristic someone can have?
How many people are in your inner circle?
Answer these questions honestly and openly to get the best results. See what you discover about yourself and in what ways you can improve your life.
Sending you love,