How to Write a Personal Reflection

All too often in life you can become so busy and distracted that you forget to focus on yourself. You can easily lose sight of the things that you used to deem to be so important. If you have somehow lost focus of your goals or fell out of tune with your inner self, why not write a personal reflection? By writing personal reflections, you can act as your own counselor. When done the right way, you can counsel yourself out of any situation. Get back to the lost art of personal reflection and get your life back on track today.

How to Write a Personal Reflection

Find a quiet place where you can write down your personal reflection. It should be a place where you can have an uninterrupted writing session. Having a quiet place to reflect will allow your words and thoughts to flow freely without distraction.

Decide what life experience or life situation you would like to reflect upon. For example, you can reflect on how it feels to be overweight, or how it feels to be 40 years old and not even close to reaching your dreams in life.

Write down everything you feel about the situation. Don't be afraid to write down your true thoughts. No one is going to judge you. If you are not honest with yourself, then it will defeat the purpose of writing a personal reflection.

Document behavioral patterns as they come to mind. For example, you eat every time you get depressed, even though you are not hungry, or you pick up the telephone and call someone who verbally abuses you every time you feel lonely. Writing down patterns while doing a personal reflection can help you to get to the root cause of the behavior instead of focusing on the behavior. Focus on the root and not the fruit.

Pen the desired outcome that you would like to see concerning this life situation. Document the steps you will put into place to ensure that your desired outcome is met. For example, if you desire to lose weight, write that down. Then promise yourself that the next time you feel depressed you will not turn to food but will instead address the issue that is causing you to be depressed.

Keep a record of your progress. If you mess up along the way, write down in your personal reflection what caused you to mess up. Write down what you need to do to get back on track.

Repeat Steps 1 through 6 every time you feel the need to do a personal reflection on a situation. By doing personal reflections daily, it will help you to stay in tune with your true feelings and your inner self. Don't be afraid to go back and read through your personal reflections to see how much you have grown and how far you have come.