How Self-Reflection Makes Your Life Happier and More Successful

Many world champion athletes, business people, and spiritual teachers all cite self reflection as an essential key to success.

So why is self-reflection so important? Why self reflection matters to you? How you can do it to lead a more successful and fulfilling life?

Self reflection is defined as some meditation or serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives of life.

We alvays keep moving. We push through. We don’t stop to reflect. We stay in jobs that are literally killing us, relationships that zap our energy, circumstances that leave us stressed, unhappy, frustrated and tired.

We keep running on the treadmill of life thinking we don’t have time to waste. So often, we just crash and burn our time. That’s because the only way to keep up with the pace of life is to STOP. To reflect on what’s working and what’s not. To identify what to keep and what needs to change.

When a project or something doesn’t go well at work, what do you do? You take a moment to step back and see what went wrong and what you could do differently next time. The same should be true with life, yet we don’t often take time to reflect. Why not?

It’s essential to understand yourself at a deeper level. Self-awareness and a little soul searching is critical to success in all areas of life.

Taking time for self reflection about life leads to greater self-awareness which in turn leads to self-improvement. In addition, having a strong sense of self improves your confidence and level of self-esteem.

Think about this for yourself. If, after you read this article, you move right on to the next thing, how much do you think you will remember?

However, if you read this article and take five minutes afterward to think about your learnings, how much more will you retain?

  • stop
  • look
  • listen
  • act