~ Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go ~
Think about how far you’ve come over these past few weeks – you are now able to get yourself into a happy place, you can clearly visualise, you are becoming aware of your daily thoughts and you are now in the process of eliminating the negative ones. You have set your intentions and moving towards your goals so now is the time for reflection, to take stock so you can move forward!
1. Sit down and breathe.
It’s hard to hear the truth when a thousand voices and worries are circling through your mind. Taking just five minutes to sit down and let the voices become quiet can make a huge difference. Try being with nature, talking a walk or listening to some music you enjoy.
2. Ask yourself, “Where was I this time last year? Five years ago? Ten?
This is where the fabulous journal comes in. We can clearly see our journey laid out, where we’ve come from and where we’re going. We tend to forget over time and our memory fades so the journal will give us a clear picture. I can guarantee that you will be surprised by your answers. Change comes slowly, so it can be hard to see it, but it’s always happening, whether we see it or not. Keep journaling!
3. Review your notes.
So reread some of your old entries in your journal. You’ll find written evidence (in your own hand!) of just how far you’ve come when you see what was upsetting you back then.
4. Make a list of your accomplishments from the last year or the last five years.
I don’t care how small or insignificant it seems, write them down! Then look at that list and reflect on just how much you’ve done. This is amazing and such a worthwhile exercise, it will give you huge confidence and you will see how much you’ve learnt over the years.
5. Ask a friend or loved one.
We can be our own worst critics, so sometimes those close to us have a clearer view of how much we’ve grown than we have of ourselves. If it feels awkward to ask someone to tell you nice things about yourself, offer to return the favour.
6. Track the personal, not just the professional.
Remember that not all progress is related to your career. How have your relationships, your spirituality, or your self-knowledge improved?
7. Celebrate the little things.
As you go about your day, try to notice when you take even the smallest step towards your goals, and be sure to honour that in some way. Even just writing it down in your journal will give you that moment of recognition.
8. Realise that it’s never done.
We all want to reach the top of the mountain and feel that we have achieved something. We want to be finished, but that’s never going to happen; our lives are a constant work in progress, which is the way it ought to be. Trust me, you’d be bored if you weren’t constantly changing and growing.
Whatever you are working towards, and however far you still have to go, I encourage you to take the time to truly bask in everything you have achieved thus far.
It doesn’t matter if you are moving fast or slow, only that you keep moving! And the best way to ensure that you continue to do that is to cherish each step along the way. You are never there – one famous saying from Steve Jobs.
Wow, that’s some journey and it all gets easier and easier over time. So this week we will look at your core values………………..
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