Take Time For Self-Reflection

“Self-reflection is a humbling process. It’s essential to find out why you think, say and do certain things”

Taking time to self-reflect is important to relieve stress from our daily lives. The process of bringing our inner thoughts, road-blocks and wishes to the forefront can benefit our personal growth. When we self-reflect we gain not only clarity but a peace of mind.

Downsides to not “Self-Reflecting”

When we choose not to take time for self-reflection we simply choose to not have personal growth. By not reflecting we choose to not be aware of areas of our lives that might need improvement i.e. we limit ourselves and may get stuck into a subconscious state of “nothing is wrong syndrome”. All self-reflection is not only for negative aspects of our lives, but for time to ourselves where we can have peace with our own thoughts.


If we don’t take time to self-reflect  it is similar to not cleaning your room, but simply looking away from the trash that is lying around. The only difference is that it is inner trash. Having an inner cleaning mechanism is what self-reflection really is. Once we remove the negative or toxic things that are polluting our inner space.  We can come to a space where we are less stressed and a more positive outlook.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy for busy, ambitious and career oriented people to get bogged down from the daily grind. Some people are so driven they blink and a whole year is gone. In the end self-reflection is one of the most undervalued methods in our culture. Sometimes we can get so caught up in short-term pressures, goals and emotions that we lose sight of what decisions will help us achieve our goals. Do you utilize self-reflection in your life? Comment below.


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About Jay Colby

Some would categorize me as an entrepreneur, life coach, son, friend and all of the above. I’m just another person trying to find my way in this world. Until recently, I was unsure what my path in this life would consist of. Like many others I was between I know what I want to do but not sure if that’s what I’m supposed to do. I am currently finishing my degree in something that has nothing to do with becoming a writer or entrepreneur so automatically it qualifies me to become one right! Follow me as I go through this journey called life to impact and encourage one person at a time.
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30 Responses to Take Time For Self-Reflection

  1. Celia edmonds says:

    Great post. It’s very true and so important for wellness. I don’t do it as much as I should, however when I do it’s, a positive process.
    It normally happens when life isn’t so great and it’s time to change direction. Make little changes one step at a time

    Have a great week everyone 🙂

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  2. Tareau Barron says:

    Great post my man. I think self reflection requires thick skin. Look how many of us can not take constructive criticism in today’s world

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  3. This is so true. Being busy is the easiest thing to do in life, while being insightful is one of the most difficult. We need to stop taking the easy paths and look for ways to self-reflect. Thank you for writing this; it’s posts like this that bring us one step closer to evaluation. 🙂

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  4. Fijay says:

    This is helpful …yep …self reflection needed just now …why we do what we do, where has it come from and what changes can be made …think I’ll take some time out at the weekend to do it ….Thanks for this one

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  5. Self reflection assures long term progress even beyond what we imagine …the day to day process may seem snail’s pace sometimes but definitely leads you to the place at height.

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  6. taylormitch says:

    Thanks for the valuable insights. Self-reflection is a great technique but we must be prepared to address our “weaknesses” in an effort to make ourselves a better person.

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  7. Max says:

    Hi Jay
    Great topic!

    I like the idea of having a self de- clutter.
    I usually go on holiday to shake off the cobwebs and have an inner clean out.
    Fresh air,a long walk and some good food.

    You have to distance yourself and take time out to reflect about the way we think and do things.
    When I return I can see things alot clearer and start the inner clean out.

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  8. Personal accountability gives birth to integrity.

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  9. Eri Hunt says:

    Wonderful post ! I feel like I’ve had self reflections my whole life. When I find myself going another way. It helps me stay on track. Or just sit down to think for a better understanding. It’s a wonderful method. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I agree one has to do regular self reflection to clear out all the cobwebs of life and the unwanted thoughts. To self reflect is to gain wisdom in the past happenings and to gain the higher grown in thought again. To see the pathway of your journey in a clearer light.

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  12. Monira Ahmed says:

    This is so true Jay thanks for sharing. I’ve also written about self reflection on my blog – as a careers adviser I tell my students it’s vital they reflect on their skills, strengths and weaknesses before they consider their options and career direction.

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  13. jane tims says:

    I do take stock frequently. I try to identify the things I do that annoy me if not other people. Like talking too much! I also make plans to change but I rarely follow through!

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  14. Thank you brother Jay; I am challenged to think you are telling me that my Self and selfish nature is worthy of my self evaluation. What? I have learned to reject my human self nature as sinful and unable to do what you say of self correction. I am learning to deny my self-capability by hearing God the Holy Spirit. Then being convicted of sin, in my heart — my human spirit, having received the Holy Spirit, which cannot sin, will repent by confessing and forsaking what the self-nature has conceived. To review, mankind sins, God redeems, individuals are convicted, repent and confess for cleansing. . .self is defeated in the face of what God has done for us. Can we reject self?

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