Self Reflection is a Powerful Tool
There are times that our lives feel like one giant adventure. Unexpected things arise that excite us, while at the same time causing levels of self-reflection that can often be unnerving. They require us to take a deep look inward to remind ourselves who we are, what we are capable of and why we do what we do.
The release of my new book has been exhilarating. Seeing my friends, families and those that I don’t even know share in the excitement of its release, helped provide validation that all the work that went into publishing was worth it. At the same time, it caused a level of self reflection that required me to go back and read some of my own messages.
Self reflection sometimes results in all those questions you thought you put to rest finding their way back into your mind. Suddenly, you find yourself doubting the things that you previously believed were sound, simply because you allowed yourself to do so. Once we allow the questions to begin, the floodgates are opened.
Many times during publishing, and now post publishing, I find myself asking all the questions that I should have answered long ago. Am I good enough? Will they like it? Will they read it? Does it matter? The answer to the last question is maybe. It matters if your self worth is determined by what others think of you. It doesn’t if we are the ultimate approving authority of ourselves.
I have no idea where this new world will take me. What I do know is the forced moments of self reflection remind me who is in charge of the way that I feel, who I am, and who I want to be. In the end if we are forced to face those self doubts that find their way in, that is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge them and let them go. It is our moment to remind ourselves that our life path is not a straight road, but rather a series of twists and turns that ultimately determines the person that we become.