take a (long) hard look at sth

take a (long) hard look at sth (to examine something very carefully in order to improve it in the future; think very carefully and seriously about it, especially with the result that you change your opinions or behaviour) – посмотреть на что-л., изучить что-л. очень внимательно или серьезно; серьёзно подумать или задуматься о чём-л.; хорошенько подумать (прежде чем что-л. делать)

.........You should take a long, hard look at your reasons for wanting to join the army.
........ You should take a long hard look at the issues before committing yourself. (LDOCE)
.......... You seem to be permanently stressed out – I think you should take a long hard look at your life. (MM)
.......... We need to take a long, hard look at the way we control gun ownership. (CALD)
.......... Stop following your [will-o'-the-wisp] dreams and imaginary fantasies and come down to earth and take a good, hard, long look at reality.
..........Before you bring a dog into your home think long and hard. Are you prepared for the responsibility? <...> Research the different kinds of breeds and take a long, hard look at your life and don't forget, that cute little puppy does grow up to be an adult dog. Never adopt a puppy, or adult dog, solely on looks.
..........Every now and then it is healthy to take a long hard look at yourself to check you are going about things the right way.

› think long and hard
› put under the microscope
› go over with a fine tooth comb
[take stock of sth]