What did you accomplish this week that you’re proud of? Did you scream YASS! with both arms up, give yourself a fist bump or a high five? No? Well, you should. We all do things all-the-time that are noteworthy accomplishments, but sometimes we are too obsessed with what we haven’t done to notice.
I’ll be the first to tell you, my brain is trained to see things that are wrong, it’s my job. I am trained to seek out what is wrong with someone so I can fix it. Naturally, that becomes somewhat of a habit in both my professional and personal life. But I am not alone, many of us have the habit of focusing on the should of or could of. It’s a physical and emotional drain, it sucks the energy right out, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted sometimes.
Instead, though, we should be focusing on all of our great achievements – the great things we experience. Life’s a journey (I know – que corny quote, but a true one). We need to take life as it comes and if we are too preoccupied with the should’ve – could’ve of scenarios, we are going to miss out.
So how do you start thinking in a more positive light? Begin a daily ritual. Start thinking of your accomplishments and experiences each day that you are proud of and write them down. When you write down your proudest accomplishments, you are consciously thinking about that moment which helps your brain remember and connect that you had a positive experience. Eventually, you will notice your day is full of rewarding accomplishments instead of thinking of what didn’t get completed.
Now, I’m not saying write down everything that you can think of but try one or two (small or big) positives a day. For example, I got my kids lunch packed at night (which means I can sleep in a little more in the morning). Not a huge accomplishment but certainly a positive one for me.
It’s all about changing the way that we think. You deserve to reward and recognize yourself. So go ahead, give your self a fist bump or high five – hell, do both – you know you deserve it.