Power of Reflection

We are huge self-critics.  In a society where confidence is seen as cocky, becoming demotivated is too easy.  Life can quickly become monotonous with fixed routines and daily efforts which causes goals to appear pipe-line. We begin to curse ourselves for short-comings; leading to self-loathing and resentment. 
However, everyone’s path is different and our minds are our greatest obstacle.  Just because you’ve taken a different route does not mean you cannot achieve.  There is no right or wrong way to go about hustling and grinding for your future but society forces you to think otherwise.   Always remember, you cannot predict the future but you can create it.
It is equally as important to analyse how far you’ve come as well as the journey left to travel. You are not the same person you were last year, last month, or even last week. Time does not stop for anyone. Because who were you 2 years ago? Did you even believe you would be where you are now?
The occasional retrospective outlook could be essential to productivity and motivation.  Studies have proven that reflection on your achievements for about 2-3 minutes a day can increase motivation, happiness, and confidence.  Those are key factors required to remain consistent with your work.  Follow these two tips to change your mentality when you’re feeling down:
  1. Write a couple of all-time lows you experienced in the last two years.  These moments could be ones that seemed chronic, never-ending, and impossible to overcome.  Life constantly sends us hurdles that we must jump over. It felt as though the solution was no where near the light and all the strength was sucked out of you.  But you survived. You conquered.  You became stronger.  You did it.
  2. Write a couple of your achievements of the last two years.  This could be anything from losing weight, graduating with a degree, getting a job, or lending a helping hand. If you see your accomplishments on paper in front of you, it will act as fuel for the future to keep pushing.  All achievements result in character building.  For example, a certificate is more than just a piece of paper with your marks, it’s a reflection of knowledge gained, work ethic, memories, and experiences attained.
Therefore, if you are every feeling down remember this: you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. 
Thank you for reading.

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