Acknowledging our accomplishments might be easier said than done! It can sometimes be easier to celebrate and acknowledge someone we care about rather than ourselves.
Whether we acknowledge the good we bring to the table or not, it doesn’t deny that it’s there. The same goes for our accomplishments!
Perhaps another thought is that our accomplishments can easily be overlooked as they take many forms and sizes.
Success is not always defined as what and how much we get done. Success is open for interpretation, and at the end of the day, what is it that really matters to you?
We can find ourselves on the run going from one thing to another, out of breath, operating in survival mode, and not being intentional about how we spend our time and resources.
As humans, do we tend to skip from one thing to another, goal or project, without taking in the moment we find ourselves in and enjoying it? I have found myself doing this and have been working on celebrating the smaller milestones rather than waiting for the obvious ones.
There is more to acknowledging our accomplishments than we might give credit for.
When we reflect on our accomplishments, it positively affects our mental health.
We release endorphins when we celebrate our wins. Celebrating the wins not only feels great physically, but it reinforces the behaviour when we find ourselves facing a new challenge or the opportunity to build confidence in our abilities.
When we accomplish something and don’t take the time to celebrate, we rob ourselves of an important feeling that can reinforce our success.
On the flip side, if we fail to celebrate our many accomplishments, we are training our brain that what we are doing isn’t all that exciting and important, even if it is.
The lack of celebration can lead to a feeling of emptiness, resulting in less focus and decreased performance over time.
Today is a good day to acknowledge your accomplishments! You can use a piece of paper to do this and list all the things you have accomplished. You might separate the exercise across different stages of life or periods.
If you would like some prompts, I have a resource called the “accomplishment list”, which prompts to assist you in acknowledging all that you have accomplished up to this point, and it’s not just about just the obvious ones.
You’ve taken many steps, solved many problems, and left many tasks and challenges behind you. Why not acknowledge them?
Recommended Resource: Podcast Episode – Dear Younger Self