It’s Time for an Introspective Examination ~ The Power of Self-Accountability!
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates
The above quote is often attributed to Plato because he quotes it in his work Plato’s Apology; however, the quote originates from Plato’s mentor, Socrates. Regardless of the origin of the quote, the truth therein cannot be denied. The failure to conduct frequent self-examinations will often result in a state of arrogance. It is easy to become self-absorbed and self-centered when there are no checks and balances to hold you accountable. You may be thinking that you are simply not that type of person, but arrogance is not always abrasive and rude.
Arrogance can show in subtle ways like the inability to accept constructive criticism or the suggestion that you may be wrong about something. When you take an honest look at the person in the mirror, you can identify those parts of you that are not conducive to you become the person you desire to be. I have to be honest with you. There have been many times that I have had to take a long hard look at the woman in the mirror, and many of those times I was not happy with what I was seeing.
Most of us don’t start out with the idea of venturing away from our core values, but there are so many forces that move in diametrical opposition to what we are trying to become. If we are not careful, we can be vulnerable to those forces and they can influence how we think. You should know what happens when our thinking shifts — our behavior shifts to align with our thoughts.
When you are willing to perform a self-evaluation and you can be honest with yourself, you will be able to address issues before they become problematic. It is okay to admit that you don’t have it all together because nobody does. I conduct examination frequently, this way I am never met with a laundry list of issues that have accumulated over time. Plus the longer undesirable characteristics exist, the more normal they appear.
A good time to conduct these types of examinations is when someone calls you out on something and you don’t agree with their assessment. Don’t become argumentative, but when you find yourself alone, ask yourself, “do I really do that?” Now, be honest with yourself and resist the proclivity to rationalize the behavior. If the answer is “yes,” then take the necessary steps to change it. Remember, you are what you do habitually. Look at your daily rituals and it will reveal where the unwanted character trait is coming from.
While it is great and recommended that you have an accountability partner, the responsibility for accountability rests solely on your shoulders. And even if no one else calls you on your mess, you must do it for yourself.