How to Set Up Your Self-Reflection PracticeDec 30, 2020
Self-reflection is essential to living your happiest life. A life where you appreciate the blessings you already have. Self-reflection gives you the will to gain control over your life, but you want to make sure you practice it in the right way. If you take the wrong approach, you'll find yourself stuck with thoughts of "could’ve, would’ve, should’ve." To get started the right way and build a successful self-reflection practice, try these:
Daily Reflection (Evening)
- What good did I do today?
- How did I feel today?
- What did I learn today?
- What new decisions have I made and what do I expect to happen
- What were my character flaws? How did I treat others?
- Am I getting trapped in routine? Am I fully engaged?
- Am I pushing myself hard enough? Am I pushing myself too hard?
- What self-care am I practicing that makes me feel great?
- Am I severely neglecting one area of my life that’s infecting others?
Plan Next Day
- What are the most important things to focus my energy on tomorrow? (3 – 4 important tasks)
- How will my ultimate life look? Visualize perfect life and let it manifest.
- Am I getting weaker or stronger?
- Who am I trying to be
- What are my current character flaws?
- Check on your goal.
- Where am I now? Health? Financially? Socially/romantically?
- Where do I want to be? Do I need a change in direction?
- Why do I want this?
- What are my top five priorities at this point?
- What’s working? What isn’t working?
- Am I making the right decisions for the long-term? What will I regret when I’m 80?
- What are the recurring problems I need to fix?
Simply write the answers down in your journal to get a nice overview of how you are progressing over time.
It’s up to you if you want to handwrite your journal or if you use an app or digital journal. One way isn't better than the other. You just need to be consistent with it. There will be days when you don’t feel like writing in your gratitude journal. But do it anyway. Since you are working on creating a habit, you need to stick with it, even when you don’t want to. Even writing a short list of things you are grateful for today is better than skipping it for the day.
Most people don’t ask themselves these self-reflective questions, which means they typically stay stuck right where they are in life. Just think—you are one of the few who is consciously deciding what type of person you want to be and what you want to happen in your life. You are the exception! If you practice self-reflection regularly, there’s no telling how much progress you’ll able to make very quickly.