Your accomplishments do not define your life; it is created by the little steps and decisions you make daily. Most people make excellent daily progress but are distracted by their goals, and they neglect to give themselves credit. Celebrating your not-so-obvious progress is a great way to encourage yourself to keep going, feel good about where you are, and keep on the path to achieving more.
Here are 14 areas you probably don’t give yourself credit for, but you should.
Give yourself credit for all the pain you’ve overcome.
For many of us, life has not been a smooth ride, but you made it through. Give yourself credit for doing what needed to be done to change your situation. Most people never stop to acknowledge just how much strength, work, and tenacity it takes to make it through the tough times.
Give yourself credit for all of the time that you remained strong for others.
When life happens, at least one person has to hold it together and allow others the room to manage at their pace. Credit yourself for all the times that person was you. Not everyone can handle that role with grace.
Give yourself credit for trying, even though you were uncertain of the outcome.
We get upset when we fail, but we rarely stop to take credit for going after what we want. When we try, it does not always work out, but in the long run, becoming the kind of person who takes risks is admirable. It is a more extraordinary feat. Your courage should be celebrated.
Give yourself credit for the mornings when you didn’t feel like getting out of bed but did anyway.
It takes a lot of strength to get up and face the day when you don’t feel like it. Many people don’t give themselves enough credit for the dedication it takes to maintain happiness. Some people lose this battle before they even begin. If you’re always (or almost always) able to pull yourself together to face the day, even when you don’t want to, you’re probably doing better than you think.
Give yourself credit for the amazing people you have surrounding you.
Great friendships should never be underestimated. The people you have in your life aren’t by chance. Friendships take work and are a direct reflection of the energy you put into nurturing them. If you’re surrounded by loving human beings, chances are you are pretty fantastic company yourself.
Give yourself credit for all of the unhealthy experiences you’ve walked away from.
Toxic experiences can happen from time to time. Give yourself credit for walking away, whether it was a job, relationship, situation, or thought pattern. Recognizing something is unhealthy for you and consciously deciding to remove it from your life takes a lot of courage.
Give yourself credit for all of the healthy relationships you’ve nurtured.
Chances are, your life is full of healthy relationships. Take the time to consider or appreciate them fully. You have spent a lot of time focusing on the relationships that fell apart; take a moment to enjoy the ones that are blooming. Take time to pause and consider the friendships you have that mean the most to you.
Give yourself credit for the fact that you have dreams.
You may not be living the fullness of your dreams right now, but celebrate the fact that you have them. Never devalue the power of having clear-cut goals and the motivation to work towards them. You will get where you want to go; keep being faithful to your dreams.
Give yourself credit for your past accomplishments.
Humans tend to focus on their failures more than their triumphs. Take a moment to celebrate your past achievements. Reflect on how many challenges you’ve overcome and how many battles you’ve won. Chances are you have a long list of accomplishments; never forget to give yourself credit for them.
Give yourself credit for your inner determination.
Look at all the times you’ve gotten knocked down in life and all the times you’ve gotten back up. Give yourself credit for the determination it took to get through. It took more than your skills or abilities; it took willpower to win.
Give yourself credit for supporting others.
It’s easy to love someone when things are going well. What can define your ability to love is the true strength and endurance it takes to love someone through the rough spots in their lives. Loving someone when they are not their best yet still seeing the good in them deserves credit. We all need this friend. Kudos to you.
Give yourself credit for the accountability you took for mistakes.
Nobody gets through life without making a mess. Many people get through life without ever taking accountability for errors made. If you’re able, recognize where you have gone wrong and accept yourself. Credit yourself for this; it is self-awareness; many people do not possess this.
Give yourself credit for your values.
Many of our values shift and evolve throughout our lives, but a select few remain consistent—the values deserve credit. Not many people can stick to their beliefs when others are opposed to them. To stay true to what you know to be right throughout your lifetime is definitely no easy feat.
Give yourself credit for who you have become.
It’s easy to focus on who you want to become that you forget about who you’ve been in the past. You have become stronger, kinder, bolder versions of yourself, and that deserves credit. Thank yourself for your new and improved self.
Take a second to reflect on what you have gone through. This is not to live in the past but to recognize your growth. Be grateful you are not who you used to be, and you have used your abilities to triumph. You have worked diligently to improve yourself and your situation. Honor your progress and keep trusting the process. Today be grateful, celebrate, and give yourself credit.
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