A long-time friend of mine once asked me what I thought her talent was. As I struggled to answer this question I could feel that she had something else in mind, or at least, was hoping I would say something else. It was an awkward moment. I really did not have to answer that question. I should have just told her what I am about to tell you: Go figure it out!
Being aware of your personality and individuality is the foundation on which every aspect of your life rests — self-image, strengths, weaknesses, dreams and aspirations, relationships with other people and things. Taking a moment now and then to re-evaluate the person that you are will help put you back on your rightful course of life, and save you unnecessary hardship.
If you find yourself lost and turning in circles, perhaps it is time for some serious introspection. You may seek advice, but unless you are clear on what you want, you may not be able to distinguish between good and bad advice.
Here are some benefits of introspection:
- Knowing the right choices to make
- Feeling secure and steadfast in one’s decisions
- Identifying and focusing on one’s life goals and how to reach them
- Knowing who and what one needs and does not need in their life
- Learning to trust one’s instincts and making bold decisions
- Recognizing when to jump on opportunities, and when to hold back.
- Not being overwhelmed by failure, but seeing it as a learning curve
You may not like what you see when you look inside. Acknowledge what you find and if you do not like what you see, redefine who you are and rewrite your story. This applies to your career, friendships, spiritual convictions, emotional situation, and just about anything. Do not be afraid to trust yourself.
“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
— C.G Jung