Brave-Up on the OLC: Self-Reflection As A Source of Transforming Your Life

Brave-Up on the OLC: Self-Reflection As A Source of Transforming Your Life

By: jhyeh
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I'm going to say this again and again: the world is a strange place. I described my transformation of becoming a dream catcher as largely due to an epiphany I had on the bus. An epiphany is "a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or common place occurrence or experience."

This feeling is extremely rare - to many, it will never happen. There is no magic pill you can take or some odd ritual you need to undergo to make it happen - you can't force it. And if it does happen, don't expect it to always be as profound and innovative as Einstein's or Newton's. So what can other people do then? Self-refection. Although it may not be as enlightening as an epiphany, it is something we can do regularly and has the ability to help us realize our full potential.

Find Your Self

Self-reflection is all about learning and understanding YOU. Next time you catch yourself daydreaming or find yourself in front of the mirror, take a hard look at yourself and define and list your:

  • core values and traits
  • short and long-term goals
  • the people and things you are grateful for everyday

For each of the points, ask yourself:

  • Why are they important to you?
  • Would other people relate those values or goals to you? Why or why not?
  • What are you doing or not doing to preserve and advance them?

You want to ultimately know more about yourself and what you believe in - not what other people shove in your head.

Question Your Life

It is said that people today are more stressed and more miserable than those of the past. There is a lot of reasons for this, but what is yours? Take some time and ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you satisfied with your life? What is good and bad about it?
  • Are you doing what you want to do?
  • Where do you want to be in X years?
  • In what way are you improving your life?

Self-reflection is not about figuring out how miserable your life is or how off you are from your ideals. It is about being more conscious of your beliefs and looking at how to attain them. You are not critiquing your life, but giving yourself constructive criticism. When you reflect on your life, be kind to yourself - but be honest.

Transforming your life is no easy task. It takes a great deal of motivation and time. Regardless where you are in life, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Self-reflection helps us acknowledge this and allows us to work towards the transformation.

Everyone wants to be their best. You would be doing yourself and everyone around you a disservice otherwise if you don't strive to be the best version of yourself. We only live once - strive to be your best.

ABOUT AUTHOR ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

Jason is a Criminology major who is hooked onto policing as a career. But that isn't all, he is also hooked on helping others become the best and strongest versions of themselves. Through his blog, Brave-Up, he looks to educate, motivate, inspire and raise questions about counter-productive social norms within our society. "Man up" is now an archaic term - because Brave-Up is NOW. You can find Jason on Twitter at @BraveUp_jy.

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Posted on June 02, 2012