When was the last time you looked in the mirror and talked to yourself? Yes, it sounds crazy but a lot of people look at themselves in the mirror and hate their image. The journey towards personal growth and self-love starts with loving who you are and embracing your beauty inside and out.
Here are 3 amazing ways to self reflect.
1. Look in the mirror, and love the image you see.
I remember when I was growing up I use to stare at myself in the mirror and point out every flaw. Every pimple, every dark spot, and every hair out of place. I never took a moment to embrace my unique attributes that God blessed me with. Everyone is made differently and uniquely. We have to embrace what makes us unique. If you have high cheek bones, own it by adding a hint of blush. If you have nice big eyes, own it by adding some mascara to your eyelashes to really bring them out. Never hide what makes you, you. Embrace your attributes they were given to you for a reason.
2. Write, write, write
I don't know how many times I've said this but writing is so therapeutic. There were so many times that I wanted to send an angry text message to a friend or make a dramatic decision that writing stopped me from doing it. Expressing yourself through writing can give you a sense of who you are. When you have time today, write down 5 things you love about yourself, then write down 5 things you dislike about yourself. Compare the two and then self reflect on how you are going to change the dislikes into likes by the end of 2016. Seeing things on paper enables you to see what you think of yourself from a birds eye view.
3. Talk to your loved ones
OMG in my life group we got an assignment to ask someone who knows us the best to fill out a questionnaire about us. The questions ranged from what are some things you feel that I should improve on? What are my weaknesses? What are some goals I should strive for? Can you imagine your sister or your best friend answering these questions about you? You would feel like wow I never even realized that I needed to improve on those things. Sometimes when you hear it from someone you trust and love it's more eye opening. Ask your best friend, boyfriend/girlfriend, parent, or sibling to answer those questions about you and you will be surprised to hear your results. Good self reflection can be guided by hearing suggested improvements from people we love.
Self reflection is critical in order to unleash the person hiding inside of you. When you realize who you are, and what you need to improve on, you realize your life's purpose on this earth.