Man on top of mountain. Conceptual design.

March 5, 2016

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Mya Angelou

Take a little time to reflect on what you have achieved to date.  It is often easy to forget where you started from and how far you’ve come. Honor and be grateful for this extraordinary journey that is your life.

I find sometimes I get so caught up in life and trying to achieve more, that I don’t take the time to see all that I have achieved.  I truly marvel at the success that my life has been graced with through all the obstacles and struggles the road I have traveled has given. “ It’s not the size of the celebration that counts, what’s important is acknowledging that you are growing and creating your best life.”  

What was yesterday like?  a good day or perhaps a day that brought you struggles, and obstacles to complete or step towards achieving a bigger goal? More importantly, did you recognize all that you have achieved, even if all you did was get up and move through your day.  That in itself, some days is an achievement.

Sometimes it’s important to celebrate even the smallest success to keep you energized and motivated.  Give yourself the satisfaction and permission to feel joy and acknowledge the measure of dedication and courage whatever the size of the goal was.  We so often celebrate and acknowledge the things our children do without missing a beat, allow yourself to celebrate all that you have achieved. When you take the time to acknowledge your achievements, happiness, self-respect and your confidence will increase. When you increase your positive emotions on a regular basis you will be surprised to see how resilient you become.

Achievements come in all shapes and sizes and while they are all worth acknowledging, some will be more meaningful to you than others. I’d like to suggest that you find ways to create memories around your most important successes, then in the future if you should have moments of self-doubt or find yourself facing a particularly difficult obstacle you will have some tangible reinforcement of what you can do when you set your mind to it and how far you’ve already come.

Rather than dwelling on what you didn’t achieve, make it a habit of opening your eyes to the value of all that you did accomplish, and then reward yourself with a few kind words or a little pampering. In the end, it’s not the size of the celebration that counts, what’s important is acknowledging that you are growing and creating your best life.

I have to say my biggest achievement is in my daughter and all that she has achieved.  As I get ready to watch her begin her journey abroad and travel to Ireland for the next year or two, I feel utterly blessed to have been a part of her success thus far.  Remember that your achievements can be transformed onto another to succeed in their achievements.

“Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.”

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. ~Benjamin Franklin

With Much Love

Peace of I