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The Necessity of Reflection

The Necessity of Reflection

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” (Socrates). Human beings tend to examine everything else around them except their own lives. Something will easily be thrown out because it is no longer useful. But when it comes to mindsets that don’t work out for us, we may tend to keep them on probably because it takes much harder work to deal with them than it would take material things. Unfortunately, however, the more we don’t deal with things, the more we keep going in cycles.

Consistent Reflection leads to Self-Awareness and Self-Mastery

Reflection and self-examination help to curb stagnation. Learning to self-examine helps you become self-aware and achieve a level of self-mastery and continual growth. Self-awareness and self-mastery help you to be ready. To be proactive and productive so that you are not caught off-guard and then thrown off balance. For example, almost every country in the world is experiencing some kind of recession; from fluctuations in fuel prices affecting many commodities, to extreme change in weather patterns which affect livelihoods, and cause loss of lives in some cases. To some countries experiencing wars and the negative ripple effects of war, many people are currently experiencing financial struggle.

Intentional Self-Reflection

For instance, when finances go down, there is need for examination and measures taken for example cutting costs. It is important to examine every area of life, not just as a necessity but also as a way of keeping one’s sanity. Reflection is not about perfection; it is a way of checking progress. Everything in life grows especially physically. Plants grow, animals grow, humans grow yet we also need to build our mental and emotional fortitude. Intentional self-reflection is a good way to do this.

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