The Incredible Importance of Introspection

Introspection is the process where you look inward and examine your thoughts, previous and potential actions, and emotions.

Looking inward is an essential step towards self-awareness. Self-awareness will improve your:

Communication
Listening Skills
Empathy
Critical Thinking
Decision Making
Leadership
Self-Control
Creativity

And much more.

This is something that becomes easier with age but in youth, if learned and practised, can be a powerful tool to help you achieve your goals.
First you need to sit within the privacy of your own head. To do that you need to get rid of distractions. Put your phone away. Turn off noise distractions or make sure it’s light, meditative music, or the sound of nature.

Get comfortable and start reflecting on the day or days prior. Bring to the fore any successes you had whether big or small. Enjoy refelecting on those “wins”. Think about any goals missed and and thoughts, behaviours and actions that held you back from nailing those goals. The idea is not to ruminate in a sad tar pit of despair but to positively critique yourself in order to improve. Introspection should feel hopeful. It’s a way to help you feel more intentional about life.
You can get introspective at any time of course but before the day and at the conclusion are 2 ideal times. In starting the day with some quiet introspection, you should ask yourself questions that will step out of the door with confidence. Some questions could include:

What habits are holding me back?
What is my motivation for stepping up today?
Was I the kind of person yesterday that I’m happy to be today?
What mistakes did I make yesterday?
What lessons can I draw from those mistakes?
What are 5 things that I am grateful for?

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