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The Importance of Self-Reflection

I’ve learned so much this past year (I can’t believe you have put up with me this long!) and my favorite part of this job is when I’m interacting with all of you. I absolutely love the conversations, humor and life lessons people share with us everyday.

The people that come to CORE are, in my opinion, people who have done life the correct way and are very successful. This success looks a little differently for everyone of course, whether that’s business success, being a loving spouse and raising a family, or just being a good person.

What I want to talk about today involves a conversation I had with one of our members in regard to self-reflection. This is something that every human being does in one way or another. Self-reflection can be beneficial if we use it as a tool to learn and grow, but unfortunately, and more commonly, self-reflection can create harm, self-doubt, anxiety or depression.

This person shared with me that even though they have been eating healthier, losing weight and sleeping better at night, they still never looked at themselves in the mirror for fear of what they would see.

I would have never expected this person to think so negatively of themselves, but that’s the thing, even if we view someone as super successful, they might not feel all that great about themselves. Even if we are making great strides (an improvement in sleep, movement AND nutrition?! That’s amazing!) we can still be so hard on ourselves based solely on appearance.

We have these ideas in our head of how we want ourselves to look and be seen by others. No matter how successful of a person you are, and no matter what kind of life you lead, at one point or another we all look at ourselves in the mirror and pick out imperfections within our bodies.

The saying is true that we are our own worst critics. Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if instead, we were our own best motivator?

I’m not here to tell you to suppress those negative comments, emotions, or thoughts but instead to think about how the people closest to you view you and what they think of you. Our loved ones, friends, and sometimes even co-workers may see a different side of us than we are ready to accept and appreciate.

We’re here to help you be the best version of YOU, whatever that looks like.

Thank you for letting us into your lives.

Grant Malmquist

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