Everyone has something to be proud of in their life no matter who they are. There are many accomplishments we have that we don’t even realize and give credit to ourselves. The fact that you woke up this morning and are reading this is an accomplishment.
Think for a minute about some things that you have achieved in your life. How many can you think of?
Try going back a year…Then 5 years…How about 10 years? Keep going back.
You should be able to come up with at least a few off the top of your head or maybe you can come up with a few dozen. As you go through your life, you tend to have goals and then later forget that you have achieved them. Things you take for granted now, may have been something you would have done anything for in the past. The idea here is to make a list of things you have accomplished. As you go ahead and do this, you will see that it is possible and that you are able to do more than you might have thought.
Spend 10-20 minutes to write down everything that you can possibly think of.
They don’t have to be the biggest achievements like winning a gold medal at the Olympics, but anything that may be an accomplishment for you. DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS!
Can you walk? That’s a great achievement you may not even have thought of.
Perhaps there are some awards you have received.
Have you ever helped someone by volunteering?
Have you gotten hired for a job?
Achieved a goal in the past?
Had a successful relationship in the present or the past? (maybe with your kids, a friend, or an intimate relationship)
Don’t worry if you think your achievement is not significant. Write it down anyways! Anything that makes you feel accomplished and will motivate you is the key to this exercise. Keep all the negativity out of this activity. Everyone has something they have achieved an can feel proud of in their life.
After writing down your achievements, review them. By doing this you will be able to see that you have been able to do things in the past and that you are capable of achieving your current goals. Remember that your past does not equal your future and that if you have been able to do ANYTHING in the past, you have the potential to reach your current goals.
Consider reviewing this list when you are down or unmotivated. The state of being proud and grateful will change the way you react to your life situations. You might just be surprised how simple a few thoughts can positively affect your life.
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