It’s important to do things that bring you fulfillment. While people may say it’s bad to quit, it’s critical to know when the time is right for you to step away from something and seek out a new avenue to explore. Likewise, it’s important to consider if you’re doing the best you can or if there are aspects of your life or interactions that could use some improvement. This week, author, speaker, and mental performance coach Allistair McCaw talks about the importance of self-reflection and knowing yourself at a deeper level, so you can make the best decisions for your life and future.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant a lot of people are facing drastic changes in their lives, with their routines upended, and perhaps more time spent at home. Use that time wisely, McCaw says, and set aside a few minutes each day to sit and think. Ask yourself three questions: What did I do well today? What could I have done better today? Who did I make better today? Self-reflection can help with both self-acceptance and self-improvement, he says, which will better prepare you to step into each new day ready to work toward your goals.
What You’ll Learn:
- Start by making small changes
- Ramp up your goals over time
- Practice daily self-reflection
- Work toward a positive attitude and mindset
- Develop healthy self-talk
“Coaching is a skill; it’s not a given.” -Allistair McCaw
“People say don’t quit, but there is a time you have to quit things that are no longer fueling you, they’re no longer giving you passion, they’re no longer giving you joy, and most important of all, they’re no longer giving you purpose.” -Allistair McCaw
“You can’t have a healthy relationship with others if you don’t first have a healthy relationship with yourself.” -Allistair McCaw
“Practice gratitude and appreciation. While you’re working for the things you want, appreciate and have gratitude for the things you have.” -Allistair McCaw
“Forgive yourself for past mistakes. We can live with a lot of guilt; we can live with a lot of shame. We’ve all made mistakes. We’ve all screwed up somewhere along the line, but there has to be a time where you face those things. Maybe there’s things you need to forgive others (for) and vice versa, but that’s an important thing to (create) a better relationship with yourself because it’s like you’re just carrying those along on your journey and it’s a heavy load to carry.” -Allistair McCaw
You can follow Allistair McCaw on Twitter @AllistairMcCaw, on Instagram @BeChampionMinded, on Facebook through the Allistair McCaw page, and on his website, http://www.allistairmccaw.com/. Be sure to check out his podcast, Champion Minded. You can also find all of his books on Amazon: 7 Keys to Being a Great Coach: Become Your Best and They Will Too, Becoming a Great Team Player: How to Positively Impact and Contribute to a Winning Team Culture, Developing a Winning Attitude & Mindset: 50 Ways to Positively Transform Your Career, Your Relationships, and Your Life, and Champion Minded: Achieving Excellence in Sports and Life.