Self-reflection

It’s simple, but it’s so hard.

One of the toughest challenges we face every day is looking at ourselves in the mirror and making the conscious decision to fight for ourselves.

It’s so easy to lose hope, traction, routine, or sight of the prize.

It’s much harder to remind ourselves every day of what’s important.

The funny thing is that this decision takes less than a minute. It seems so easy when we look at if from the surface.

But when it’s beneath our skin, looking back at us . . . it’s so much scarier.It just costs attention and the emotional labor of showing up in front of ourselves (our worst critic). It’s scary but powerful.

It costs us the most valuable things we have . . .  our attention and our emotional labor. It means we must show up in front of ourselves (our worst critic), completely bare.

It’s a scary and powerful notion.

Just think . . .

That small, deliberate moment of focus, every day, compounded over a lifetime.

Drip, drip, drip.

Relentlessly moving in the direction of your dreams, no matter what obstacles surface each day, you resiliently recalibrate.

That’s a habit worth building.

2 Minute Action

Take two minutes to ask yourself one of these self-reflective questions:

  • What’s something life’s teaching you, right now?
  • What’s something that’s difficult for you now, but was easy as a child?
  • How would you like to be remembered?

 

“We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers.”

–  Carl Sagan