Many world-renowned athletes, businessmen, and spiritual educators all point to self-control as the key to success. This is also true of ‘everyday people’ who are filled and happy with their lives.
So why is self-interest so important? I will tell you why self-esteem is important to you and how you can live a successful and fulfilling life.
What Is Self-Esteem?
Meditation itself is defined as “meditation or deep reflection on one’s character, actions, and motives.” It is about taking a step back and thinking about your life, your conduct, and your beliefs.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing triatlete Craig (Crowie) Alexander speak at a convention in Sydney, Australia. Craig is a five-time champion of the Ironman World Champion and all around inspiring a man. One of the things he emphasized was the time he took to consider himself and the impact it had on his self-esteem and performance.
After each race, he and his team will show an understanding of what went well and what could be improved in the future. They chose every little detail, from the design of the helmet, to when he picked up a salt tablet, from his emotional state throughout the race.
In doing so, he did the same. He took the time to stop and look at all the details of his play and take a few seconds off his running time, which was often the difference between winning – or not.
Now you may be thinking, he certainly did! That is his job. However, what if after the race he continues to move? What if he did not stop to think about what he could do differently? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?
But that’s what most of us do with this very important thing – our lives.
What Happens When You Don’t Think
We keep going. We move on. We do not stop thinking. We live in (literally) deadly jobs, relationships that use our energy, situations that leave us depressed, unhappy, frustrated and tired.
We continue to pursue a lifestyle that we think we have no time to waste. So we keep moving to keep up. But often, we just get hit and burned. That’s because the only way to keep up with the pace of life is to STOP. Skipping the treadmill. Meditating on what works and what doesn’t. Identify what you need to keep and what needs to change.
You may have heard the saying:
“Madness you do the same thing over and over again but you expect different results.”
But that’s what most of us do – go on with your life and do the same things and ask yourself why we don’t get a different result.
When a project or something goes wrong at work, what do you do? You take a moment to step back and see what went wrong and what you can do differently next time. The same should be true of life, yet we do not always take time to think. Why not?
I have heard many reasons over the years. Maybe you feel you have no time and there is just so much more on your plate. Or maybe you just don’t have the energy. You’re tired and you feel like it’s one more thing to do. Maybe you don’t realize what’s important and how it can change your life. Or maybe you just feel like it’s too much. Many of my clients feel like they don’t know where to start or what to consider.
This is often why people hire a coach or mentor. Providing time and space they do not dedicate themselves to. Ask the right questions and give space for answers.
The good news is, you don’t have to hire anyone to get the most out of yourself. All it takes is awareness, commitment and time to dedicate.
The Importance of Meditation
Many people find it difficult to identify themselves or to be a problem. They do not understand why they need it, and they do not see the benefits of self-interest. Why is meditation essential to you? Here I will outline the benefits of self-reflection:
It is important that you understand them at a deeper level. Self-awareness and searching for young souls are essential to success in all aspects of life.
Taking time to meditate on life leads to greater self-awareness that leads to self-improvement. In addition, a strong sense of identity improves your self-esteem and your self-esteem.
Give an idea
Self-reflection allows you to understand and see things from a different perspective. When you take a step back from the situation, you gain new insights. You can see the whole picture, not just a piece of the puzzle. You become more open-minded.
Have you ever heard the saying, “You don’t see a forest of trees”? This is a saying that emphasizes that the person involved in the details of the situation can see the whole picture.
This is a benefit of thinking for yourself. You can zoom in and see the entire forest.
Allow You to Respond, Do Not Take Action
Have you ever said or done something right now that you wish you could take back? When you respond, you do not think about the potential benefits of your actions. However, when you take the time to think about a situation, you can respond more readily and change your behavior in the future.
At the beginning of my career, the manager made a recommendation for this. He advised me to wait 24 hours before dealing with the situation. This forced time of meditation allowed me to examine my feelings and emotions. Then I was better able to get closer to the situation or be released with a head of level and great vision.
Prepare an In-depth Reading Level
Many studies share the common conclusion that self-control fosters deep learning and comprehension. It is a critical part of the education system. I have found this to be true in my work as a facilitator and coach.
When people are given time to demonstrate, digest and assemble, they are better able to make anonymous connections, as well as store and remember information. In fact, whenever I promote team training and introduce a new concept, I give myself time to reflect on life. Even 5 minutes of composing and thinking about what you have read can make a serious difference.
Think about this for yourself. If, after reading this article, you move on to the next thing, how much do you think you will remember?
However, if you read this article and take five minutes to reflect on your reading, how much will you save?
When you think about it, you get a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t. This, in turn, allows you to make better decisions and change your actions.
As you progress, you help build your confidence by taking in more knowledge and perspective.
Challenge Your Thinking
What you believe to be true is not always true. One of the best ways to deal with a superficial belief is to go back and challenge the validity of that belief.
Self-reflection allows you to challenge the beliefs and reasoning you find.
How to Think (Step-by-Step Guide)
Okay, so you understand the benefits and are you ready to do it? Here’s what:
Here is a simple guide to the process of personal meditation:
NOTE: Take a step back in life or situation.
NOTE: Identify and get an idea of what you see and see.
LISTEN: Listen to your inner guidance, the instinctive wisdom that abounds when you give it time and space to emerge.
RULE: Identify the steps you need to take to move forward to repair, modify or improve.
What you can think of
There are two important factors to consider.
- Think about yourself
This includes who you are and what you want out of your life. This is the part of self-awareness we talked about earlier.
Many ancient philosophers from Aristotle to Socrates and Pythagoras point out the benefits of “self-knowledge”.
Here are some questions to keep in mind:
What are my main values? What beliefs, principles, or ideas are most important to me? What is most important to me?
What are my unique gifts, skills, abilities or abilities?
What weaknesses or areas of blindness do I need to recognize?
Who do I want to be?
What power do I want to bring to everything I do?
What is the impact or difference I want to make? How do I want to serve, donate or add value?
What are my passions? What do I like? What makes me share, encourage, and happy?
Are there religious beliefs that limit me?
What do I want with my life? (After all, if you don’t know what you want, how do you expect to get there?)
When do I work best?
- Think About Your Life Are Important
These can include your relationships, home and family, work, health and well-being, finances, goals, spirituality and personal growth, and recreation and entertainment.
A great tool used by many coaches and those in the developmental space for years is called the “Wheel of Life”. While the first wheel of life dates back to Buddhism, the modern wheel of life was developed by Paul Meyer, a pioneer in the field of health training and self-improvement.
The purpose of sex is to look at areas of your life that are important to you. In each case, you measure up to 1-10. This gives you an idea of where you are – or are not – and what areas you need to focus on. It gives you an idea of your whole life.
If you google ‘wheel of life’ you will find hundreds of different options to choose from. But here I recommend the following examples. I prefer to use your mother or your space in between. I also included a blank template where you can fill in the areas of your life that are most important to you right now.
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