If you’ve seen my recap of the Woodlands Marathon from yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I’m focusing on celebrating the big accomplishment of finishing a marathon, rather than focusing on the “failure” of not meeting my goal. So today, for Motivation Monday, I want to challenge you to do the same: celebrate your successes!
If you’re thinking to yourself, “I haven’t really done anything worth celebrating lately,” then I’m here to tell you in no uncertain terms: you’re wrong. We all do things worth celebrating, whether that is having an extremely productive day, going out of our way to build each other up, completing a challenging physical feat, donating time or money to charity, getting a promotion at work, or achieving a goal that we’ve been working hard on. If you seriously can’t think of anything to celebrate, shoot me an email, and we’ll find something together.
Now that you have “your thing,” take a moment to appreciate how great that accomplishment is! I’ll bet it’s something that many people will never accomplish in their lives (like a marathon), or something that you’ve been working towards for a while (like losing 5 pounds, getting into the gym 2 times last week, or cutting out soda), or something that was a bit uncomfortable (like giving a meaningful compliment to someone you don’t know well). Doesn’t it make you feel great to have completed that?
(picture source – only source link I could find from Pinterest)
When we take the time to reflect on our progress, we realize that we are actually continuously improving ourselves in ways that we often take for granted. It’s so easy to think negative thoughts about the ways we are “failing” or “not living up to our goals/ potential,” and we often let those thoughts overcrowd the feelings of accomplishment.
So today, please mentally note a few things that you are proud of accomplishing. Congratulate yourself, and celebrate how far you’ve come, whether that be by getting a manicure after work, simply recognizing the accomplishment, or spending 5 minutes reading after you put the kids to bed. Congratulations, I am proud of you … now be proud of yourself, too! You’ll feel better, I promise.
So tell me in the comments … What is something you have accomplished lately that you can celebrate today?