Give yourself credit
I’ve been at a funny point lately. As I’ve mentioned before, I feel at a crossroads, and I don’t know what’s next. And, in evaluating my life, I find I’m not all that impressed with what I’ve accomplished so far. In fact, in a fit of frustrated ambition, I actually wrote in a ranting email to a friend, “I haven’t achieved anything.”
Yet the other night, I attended the awards ceremony for the mentoring program I’m in. As I sat there with my mentee in the first part of the program listening to all the one-year goal achievers, I felt a true sense of peace. My mentee is a bright, fun girl who really just wants the simple things. She’ll be the first in her extended family to graduate high school, let alone go to college (if she chooses that path). She doesn’t have this fire in her belly as I do to succeed. She’s happy where she is.
And as I sat there, I was proud of her. We were celebrating the achievement of her six-month goals, which were simple but a stretch at the same time. I didn’t have to do much to motivate her because she’s very eager to please. But the little bit I did do has made a huge difference so far. And she’s getting where she needs to go.
This gave me a little perspective. Sure, I haven’t accomplished all that I’ve dreamed I would by this time in my career. I’m not rich, famous, well traveled, or in perfect shape. But there are things I’ve done here and there that have made a difference. A smile here, a word of encouragement there, being a part of a hardworking team here, being a devoted mother there.
Is that enough? Is that what life’s all about? I’m not sure still. But I think we each could make a rather lengthy list of all the times we’ve helped or served, all the times we’ve done a job that needs doing or supported a cause that needs preserving.
So today is about giving ourselves credit for the good we’ve done. Take a moment or two to jot down a little list of five – ten positive things you did this week. Be proud of these little moments and count them as accomplishments. In the end, I suspect it will all add up.
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