How Self-Reflection Gives You a Happier and More Successful Life
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Is the process of thinking back on previous events and interpreting them through your experience.
It’s about taking a step back and reflecting on your life, behavior and beliefs.
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As people get more and more connected through social media and internet-based tools, they get exposed to things that make them envious.
Envy has always existed, but in the age of social media...
The world has gotten smaller due to social media, as everything is instantly visible to all.
A few years ago, we just had our neighbors to compare with and were oblivious of the rest of the world. Now everyone is accessible and comparisons are rife.
We have the smartphones that we carry with us 24/7, always able to catch what other people are up to and feel envious about it.
Even if we use logic and intellect to tell ourselves that the images that we see on social media may not be real or factual, as they can be edited/filtered, they still affect us on an emotional level.
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A change in one life area that brings about positive effects in other area. Exercise it’s not just vanity. What you do in the gym makes you a better, higher-performing person outside of it. When you develop physical fitness, you’re developing life fitness, too.
Bringing awareness, or mindfulness, to the way we communicate with others has both practical and profound applications.
We can train ourselves to:
Each of us already has this natural communication system that feeds us information all the time. So when we close down and become defensive—for a few minutes, a few days, months or even a lifetime—we’re cutting ourselves off not only from others, but also from our natural ability to communicate.
Mindful communication trains us to become aware of when we’ve stopped using our innate communication wisdom.
When we react to fear by shutting down the channel of communication, we’ve put up a defensive barrier that divides us from the world.
Signs you’re in the red light zone:
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It's "a reliance on internal resources to provide life with coherence (meaning) and fulfillment” (Baumeister, 1987: 171)."
Self-Reliance is the topic (and title) of an 1841 essay from US philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.
He argues strongly that self-reliance, self-trust, and individualism, amongst other things, are ways that we can avoid the conformity imposed upon us.
It’s important to remember that self-reliance is not about cutting yourself off from everybody.
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While a wounded bird usually can’t heal on its own, a sea star regenerates its own limbs. It doesn't have to wait for someone to come to the rescue.
Oysters form pearls as a way to protect themselves from foreign substances, such as sand.
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To become your own hero, go above and beyond surface level information.
Reading the right book or article can provide you with valuable guidance that you probably won’t find anywhere else.
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There’s no prize for working the most hours per week or making the most money.
The question is how much joy you’ve brought into people’s lives and how much have you made the world a be...
Burnout, stress and depression are worldwide problems.
Working harder doesn’t necessarily mean better results — in fact, it can have the exact opposite effect.
Make time to take care of yourself in terms of exercise, meditation, music, art and family life — this isn’t selfishness, it’s good sense.
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Lucky people do not wait for things to happen to them.
They take notice and act upon the opportunities that they find.
Lucky people act on their intuitions across many areas of their lives.
Intuition is when your body and brain have detected a pattern before you have deliberately considered it.
You are more likely to be successful if you are optimistic about your opportunities.
When you think things will work out, you are more apt to persevere. You are also open to new opportunities.
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Successful people have 4 strategies that help them clearly define what they want:
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The 3 steps to encourage a change in mindset:
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