How many times do you sit down and evaluate yourself? A little bit of self-reflection goes a long way. It keeps us in touch with who we are or how actively we live our lives. An inner self-analysis of how far you have come and where you’re going.
In these moments of introspection do you notice where you fall short? Do you recognize the areas where you fail as an individual? Once you do, what do you do? Sometimes your best may not be enough. When you realize your best is less than, how do you go about trying a little bit more?
To look within means you’re willing to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of yourself if it means accepting who you truly are.
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ Carl Jung
So why is it important to learn how to look within?
- To be self-aware
To become the best version of yourself you need to be self-aware. Aware of how you look at the world, how you respond to situations around you, how other people’s actions affect you, basically how you respond to the world. “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”- Sheryl Sandberg.
- To deal with your insecurities
Facing your own fears and demons is not easy. It takes a whole lot of courage to come to terms with the things we are insecure about. To acknowledge them and to start actively working on them. Learning to look within means at one point or another you will have to look at the things you’re self-conscious about. You can only be stronger than your flaws by looking within.
- To improve yourself
Looking within means we are taking the time to self-reflect. Self-reflection is the habit of deliberately paying attention to your own thoughts, emotions, decisions, and behaviours. If you make a habit of self-reflection you will be able to analyse and see your behavioural patterns. You will be able to catch the good and the bad things about yourself. So what happens when you take note of the bad? If you are keen on improving yourself, you will reflect back to see how you could have handled it better. In the process, you may learn something and make better decisions in the future. Doing this kind of retrospection means you are actively trying to improve yourself.
However, it is important to note self-reflection becomes more powerful when we can use it in real-time to make better decisions. It’s good to learn from past mistakes, but it’s far better to catch them in the moment.
- To know what you deserve
You will find yourself settling for less when you don’t know what you deserve. And you won’t know what you deserve if you don’t know who you are. That is why it is important to look within. It will help you understand yourself better and set healthy boundaries for yourself.
- To recognize your weakness
In knowing more of who you are, you discover the weaknesses that you need to improve on.
- To be a better person to others
As you take this necessary journey of self-reflection, you can potentially transform into a better partner, friend, family member, colleague and person in general.
- To gain confidence
When you are secure in who you are as a person you gain nothing but confidence and high self-esteem. When you look within and evaluate yourself in order to better yourself, You become secure in who you are.
- To Improve your mental well being
Looking within stabilizes your mental health as it helps you accept yourself. It means you are in touch with yourself which can help you be at peace with what you know about yourself. There is nothing more difficult than being at odds with yourself. If you are constantly questioning yourself then you won’t be at peace. In order to maintain your mental health, you must remain balanced.
There is a lot to say about the importance and the benefits of looking within. Once you start to have an understanding of yourself, you begin to unlearn things. Behaviours, mindsets, responses that were holding you back before.
In the quest for growth, we are constantly learning and unlearning things. Only when you are self-aware will you be able to understand that maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.
if you start looking within, you will eventually discover that all the answers to your questions are within yourself. Within, not without!