How many things have you done with your life that you have taken a moment to sit back and be proud of yourself?
I went through a phase of doing things, and being so focused on the next thing that I didn’t appreciate anything that I had done.
When I was going for NLP coaching I remember Brian (my coach) asking me how I felt about having done and achieving so many things already in life. Did I not feel proud?
At that moment in time I could quite honestly say that I did not know what it felt like to feel proud about achievements.
Being too proud to accept help I am a pro at, but being able to step back and say ‘I did that, it was hard work, and I pushed through against the odds and got there’ that kind of pride was alien to me.
Having people around you that point out your achievements. That make you realise that what you have done is out of the ordinary. That you are achieving things that many people would shy away from. They make you stop and celebrate your success with you.
I never dreamt when I was leaving school that I would even want to go to uni, never mind return to education at 30 years old.
I then went through a divorce and lost my grandmother in a short space of time and still achieved the highest grade in my class for my graded unit at college.
I didn’t stop to be proud, I needed to keep busy, find something else to drive me forward.
June 2014 I graduated from Stirling University with a Postgraduate Diploma with MERIT. I left school with a Higher in English, and I was tutored the whole year to get me that C.
Since finding out I passed, and then finding out I passed with merit, I have felt proud of everything I am achieving.
More recently, my new business that I have set up and I am working on all on my own (with the exception of my business mentor), my consistent training I am getting stronger and happier with my body shape than I have been in years.
There is always room for improvement but appreciating the journey rather than focusing on the next destination.
The difference? I slowed down, took time to appreciate everything I was doing.
I stopped and took a look back at the last 5 years. Even the last 10 years. I have done more in the last decade than some have done in a lifetime. There is a lot there for me to be proud of.
When was the last time you stopped and looked back?
Start to write down some of your achievements. Once you get started and talk to the people close to you, they will remind you of things.
Keep your list.
I found an awesome book, every day you write a line, a memory, achievement, anything at all for that day. Every year you start again at the beginning.
Over 5 years you can see what happened on that very same date the year before.
I started using it nearly a year ago now and I am constantly writing things I look forward to remembering over again. You can get a copy on Amazon: One Line A Day, A 5 Year Memory Book << if you click on the blue it will take you to it in Amazon.
Start your list today. What are you proud of? Keep the list. Add to it.
Here’s to a future of achievements and memories