Giving Credit

Have you been able to spend any time reflecting on your significant accomplishments from the last 2 1/2 months? No? Me neither. Until this week. Because I had this craving to take stock of what was happening in my life.

I sat down with my calendar and my journal and decided to review each day since 1/1/2016.

Yes, there were some big milestones in this last couple of months. Tests passed. Coaching certification earned. 2 trips to California. New coaching programs created. Workshops held. Medals won by my daughter at skating competitions. Projects completed. A 7th grade play. A picture on Facebook that told the world who I had fallen in love with.

A whole lot of amazing accomplishments.

But what fascinated me more were the small wins that weren’t captured in any notebook or day planner. There were so many other things to give myself credit for – subtle, small and quieter accomplishments that only I would know about. These, of course, are so easy to overlook because they are ‘inside jobs’ – not ‘the obvious to everyone else kind of accomplishments’. So, I went back through all those same days again, eyes closed and reflected on everything else that I done since the new year.

There was only one time that I had a fight with my daughter in the morning before school!

I gave up drinking for 30 days just to see what it would be like and it felt good!

I started believing that I could be a coach who could also help my clients with emotional eating!

I took a leadership role in my family where I normally would have taken a back seat!

I spent a lot of February feeling completely doubtful about my abilities and I asked for help with that!

I signed up for a 7 day cleanse and absolutely hated it and it taught me so much about my relationship with the food that makes my body not feel good!

I kept a lot of commitments to myself about how I would act, what I would say and how I would listen!

Wow. I was proud. And to think that I almost missed all of this beauty and growth because it hadn’t captured my attention in an ‘obvious and big accomplishment way’. Just because I hadn’t talked about these things with others didn’t mean that I didn’t deserve to give myself credit for them.

What would it be like for you to do this same exercise? What would you learn about yourself? What would you celebrate and give yourself credit for? How might it motivate you in the months ahead? No one but you, knows all that you do. Take a moment to connect with yourself about that. Gather up all the evidence of where you are doing small yet significant ‘inside jobs’. And celebrate it.