Do you ever think back to when you first entered high school? Maybe you’re amazed at how your friend group has changed - but then you realize it makes sense because your interests have evolved. Or maybe you cringe a little at your early fashion choices, and feel much better about the style you’ve now grown into.
This is called self-reflection, and it’s a hugely important skill to develop. It helps you better understand yourself - what you care about, what you’re interested in, and what you’re good at - and then use that understanding to make decisions in every area of your life.
Right now, self-reflection can help you decide what career you want to pursue - and more importantly, make sure that choice is a career you’ll love for a long time. Self-reflection helps you choose a career based on what’s important to you and what you’re good at, rather than how much money you’ll make or how prestigious your title is.
Let’s take a closer look at self-reflection, how it can benefit you, and how you can practice it in your life starting now.
When you cultivate a habit of self-reflection, you’ll become more aware of yourself. You’ll notice more things you like and dislike, assess your behaviors and motivations, and look for more creative ways to solve problems that crop up.
This pattern of self-reflection will yield some surprising benefits that can impact many aspects of your life - school and career choices to be sure, but also relationships, hobbies, and even where you live or how you spend your money.
Here’s a closer look at some of the benefits self-reflection can bring when it’s consistently practiced:
What’s amazing about self-reflection is that there isn’t really an endpoint. There’s always something you can seek to understand better about yourself. So while self-reflection can make you a better student now, and help you choose a career you’ll love, you’ll also find it helping you with other things in life. That could be choosing the next job in your career path, making a decision about a romantic partner, or figuring out if you want to move to a new city for school. Self-reflection helps you be better at whatever it is you want to do.
Self-reflection is an ongoing and very personal practice so there are as many ways of going about it as there are people on the planet - maybe even more! The most important thing is to commit to being honest with yourself and really wanting to analyze your actions and motivations.
How can you do that exactly? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
It’s never too early - or too late - to practice self-reflection. Start small, and take it slow. You don’t have to figure out everything about yourself right now. In fact, you shouldn’t! Self-reflection is a lifelong practice that will help you in every area of your life, and it doesn’t need to be rushed. The time you put in will help you set patterns of self-reflection that will empower you to make decisions in college and beyond.
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