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The Power of Introspection

Posted on: October 6, 2009

Today every human is caught in a mad rush! A mad rush towards no concrete goals, but a race in which there seems to be no finishing line in sight. Many run along just to follow the crowd. Others are willing to abrase to achieve something. How much time does one devote to his own self?

The word ‘success’ holds different connotations to each one. If success is monetary well-being for one, it could be familial bliss to another. However, to succeed, it is imperative to be at one with the self. You may achieve all that you deem to be successful, but if you are not aware of your own needs, you will end up striving harder to go that extra yard to achieve a bit more of what you already have.

When you spend time learning about yourself, you are giving yourself the greatest gift – that of self-awareness. When you know your limitations, when you know  your strengths, your ability to undertake tasks, to make decisions, and to undergo personal development increases manifold. Not only are you more conscious of your behavior or attitude, but it becomes clearer on what you want to be or what you want to achieve.

Because the human mind has a vivid way of processing things, it becomes an ever evolving process. Only persistence can help you gain insights into yourself. It can be surprising at times to know that you have the ability to react differently to similar occasions under different circumstances. And this is one of the things that makes the process difficult. One can never stop and be sure about oneself.

It is important to regularly devote some time to yourself. It does not have to be as rigid as making a time table. It can be done whenever one has time to spare. Starting off with things like knowing your strengths in different areas, knowing your weaknesses, likes and dislikes, etc build towards the final aim. One must remember, that he has to think of these with an open mind. Another thing being constant is change. Different situations, different circumstances, may bring out completely different results from what you have found during your bouts of introspection. Not only that, but the mind is fickle and bound to change certain things as life progresses and gains new experiences.

At the end of the day, if you do not know yourself, how do you value whatever it is that you have achieved at the end of your life?

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