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Life is crazy and time waits for no man. The sun is going to continue to make its way through the sky with no thought of how much you have to complete today. Today’s society is fixated on this fast pace. I am too. I’m a go-getter. I find something that needs to be done and I’m going to have it finished before tomorrow, even if I have to stay up all night working on it. But, with this hyper pace, we often ignore taking care of ourselves.
Introspection is the first step to well being.
According to Google, introspection is the observation of one’s own mental processes. So basically, you’re thinking about how you think. After reading several blog posts on it, I decided that every single day for a month I was going to sit down for a good 10–15 minutes in silence and really seriously think.
Here’s 5 things I realized and 5 reasons why you should try introspection too.
1. Impact of the people around you
When you sit down quietly to observe your life, you begin to realize that you allow a lot of different things to influence you. You’ll be able to block out the negative influences that are bringing you down.
2. Learn more about yourself.
Simply sitting down and thinking will bring insight into what makes you feel fulfilled. If you’re not seriously taking time to be introspective you may never realize what your values, dreams, and passions are.
3. Focus on what really matters.
When you’re introspective you’re able to stop worrying about things that are out of your control. Introspection has allowed me to take a step back and detach myself from the things that I have no control over, and instead focus on the things that I can influence.
4. Gain emotional independence
Being dependable on things outside of yourself is going to keep you from being the best person you can be. Emotional health could not be mine until I sat down with my thoughts and removed myself emotionally from each thing or person I was dependent on.
5. Get different results.
When you’re plowing through life without stopping to sit down and think, you’re going to continue to go through life the same way every day. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” Want different results? Try introspection.
Introspection allows me to interpret the world for myself; to use my own voice and project my own light. What I’m pursuing in life is no longer some long sought after obscurity.
So, ask yourself: is developing your worth and becoming the best person you can be, worth 10 minutes of your day?