Why self-reflection is important

Why self-reflection is important

Written by Annie

Annie shares content that focuses on inspiring and encouraging you to dial up the feelings of happiness, meaning and purpose in your life – using easy and personalised life goals.

May 24, 2021

It’s like flossing your teeth instead of eating chocolate.

Have you wondered why self-reflection is important? I want to tell you – there are so many reasons.

Self-reflection is the starting point for self-understanding and learning. There are many benefits – including the ability to: 

  • Help us examine our different perspective
  • Identify choices that are personally aligned to our values and goals
  • Understand ourselves at a deeper level 
  • Provide a foundation for personal change and growth. 

There are also various ways we can perform self-reflection – depending on our preferences.

So, with these apparent advantages and flexibility – why can it be hard to do?

As someone that continuously coaches people on the importance of self-reflection – so they can achieve their personal goals. It is shameful how much I do not walk the (self-reflection) walk. 

Even though I am constantly reminding my clients of the importance of self-reflection for: 

  • Discovering what brings meaning to their lives
  • Discovering how they can live aligned to their meaning
  • Defining perfect life goals that will increase general well-being
  • Working out the hurdles that need to be overcome
  • Working out the best way to live their best life day-to-day

When I think about self-reflecting myself – I feel like I am making the choice to floss my teeth instead of eating some delicious dark chocolate. 

So, in case you feel the same way. Today, I want to give you some personal examples of why self-reflection is important. (And provide me with a reminder). 

Why self-reflection is important

Why self-reflection is important to me

You won’t find me keeping a regular self-reflection or gratitude journal. You won’t find me responding to “journal prompts”. To be honest, I’d rather get a tooth pulled out.

Actually, for me, self-reflection is like my approach to dental care. Flossing in particular.

I know I should be flossing regularly. I love how it feels after I do. I know it is the best way to look after my teeth. But as much as I try to get in a good routine – after I while – the routine slowly fades into nothingness.

I know – self-reflection has many benefits for well-being – but…

Self-reflection can involve delving into uncomfortable thoughts and feelings and digging around in areas I would prefer to ignore

I find this annoyance similar to my flossing routine, which involves me struggling to find the right angles to navigate my tightly packed teeth.

So – instead of self-reflection or flossing – I’d prefer to do something more enjoyable… like eating chocolate…

But – in spite of this – I have to admit – that self-reflection has allowed me to change my life for the better. 

Why self-reflection is important: To make sure your personal goals stay on track

I’m not one of those people that consume never-ending self-help books and never puts things into motion. Or, someone that constantly talks about their goals but never puts a plan in place to achieve them. (I am sure you know these people).

I am the kind of person that builds a perfect plan for my goals – but – then lets things end up in the too-hard basket.

In these times – when things seem too tough – I have realised self-reflection is really important.

I have always advocated self-reflection as the starting point for great goals. This is because to discover your perfect personal goals – you need an in-depth knowledge of your values, strengths and what gives you meaning.

But I have only realised recently – how important self-reflection is for me – when I am trying to stick to my goals. Primarily, because of its assists me to get to the bottom of why things have ended up in the too-hard basket. 

Why self-reflection is important: So you can truly know yourself 

Self-reflection taught me that I am a perfectionist – with a dash of fear of failure & a super negative mindset – that wants to encourage others to improve their lives.

Until I started regular self-reflection – I didn’t know any of this about myself. 

But now this information is now fundamental to how I approach my life and plan my goals – so I can facilitate meaning and well-being in my day-to-day.

Why self-reflection is important: So you can grow

Once the uncomfortable work to understand yourself is done – you can do the uncomfortable work to grow.

For example, once I discovered what a true Negative Nellie I was – swimming in a world of limiting beliefs – I could work to address this.

Although, I won’t be winning any awards for my rate of progress. Self-reflection allows me to get better and better at catching myself buy into negative thoughts and beliefs. 

This allows me to call them out for what they are – and focus on a more positive and productive mindset. 

So, why is self-reflection important? (The recap)

As great as chocolate is – ultimately, eating it is not going to help you improve your life (even if it is divine).

Self-reflection on the other hand – can open up your world for positive change.

In my experience – self-reflection has helped me improve my life – regardless of how much I didn’t want to do it.

(Note to self – put down the chocolate and self-reflect more!)

(FYI – Check out this site if you need some tips for getting started on your self-reflection.


The disclaimer

I feel it would be remiss of me to not mention something that pops up in research

Yes, there are many great things about self-reflection (eg. points above). But for those of you that like to double down on personal growth activities (not people like me that only double down on chocolate intake) – beware. 

Self-reflection is great to a point – but it shouldn’t detract from spontaneous living. All good things in moderation (says the person that has never been able to eat chocolate in moderation). 

[Article First Published: February 4, 2021.]

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