Do you practice self-reflection? Defined, self-reflection is careful thought about your own behavior and beliefs. This isn’t necessarily an easy feat as it requires strength, compassion and courage to do so. Sometimes we may uncover things that we aren’t so proud of or low points in our journey. Other times we may surprise ourselves by what we’ve accomplished or overcome.
For me, I know major changing points in my life have been times when I’ve been told no or doubted. All it takes is for someone to tell me that I can’t do something and I’m off to prove them wrong and of course prove to myself that I can. Self-reflection allows you to uncover what has worked for you and what hasn’t. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life and not take time for yourself. This is really the only way to know if we are going in the right direction.
If you’re ready to have a self reflection session, I would recommend at least an hour of time somewhere quiet and in a space where you feel comfortable. Grab your favorite drink, a notebook, pen and you’re ready. Some nice, soft soothing music may also be helpful.
Want to be able to print it out to write your answers? Download a beautiful 7 page printable questionnaire below (click the image) or keep scrolling to see the questions.
Here are some questions to get you started on your self-reflection:
1. Who am I?
*If this one stops you in your tracks, keep asking yourself over and over, Who am I?, WHO AM I? The answer will come.
2. Am I the person I want to be?
3. What are the contributing factors throughout my life that brought me to where I am today?
4. Am I a victim or victor? Am I taking charge of my life or letting outside circumstances control me?
5. Am I living up to my potential?
6. Is where I am now, where I want to be?
*If so, how did I get here, what did it take? If not, what do I need to do to change my direction?
7. Where have I been?
*How has this made me into the person I am today?
8. Where am I going?
*Is this where I want to go? Am I headed in the right direction?
9. What are my priorities?
10. What do I spend the most time on?
*Am I spending my time on the right things/people?
11. How would I describe my life right now?
*If the description isn’t what you want, write down your ideal life.
12. What are my strengths? What do I do well?
13. What are my weaknesses?
*For each weakness, write how you can work on them, even it’s simple, small steps.
14. What is one thing I can do right now to improve?
15. Am I loving and being loved?
*If not, what do I need to do to change this?
16. What am I grateful for?
*Am I counting my blessings everyday?
17. What is most important to me right now?
18. How would others describe me?
19. What is working well for me?
*Why are these working well?
20. What is not working so well?
*Make a plan for each of your listed items and give yourself a follow-up date to have changed what’s not working well.
21. What are the triggers that have changed me for the better?
*How can these be incorporated for future goals?
Each time you answer these questions (honestly) you can see for yourself how you’ve changed and what still needs tweaking.