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Acknowledge and Appreciate Yourself
How many times have you succeeded in the past month? Are you able to recall your successes as well as your failures and missteps?
Many people under-appreciate the little things they accomplish every day. And yet they can recall in detail all the times they have failed or made mistakes. That's because the brain remembers events more easily when they're accompanied by strong emotions.
You might recall graduation, losing 10 pounds, winning an award, or landing a highly sought after position. But do you include in your successes how you had a really great talk with your spouse, how you spent quality time with your teen, how you got all your list of things done for the day, how you learned to change your own oil, or got your fussy child to take a nap?
If you don't acknowledge your successes the same way you acknowledge your mistakes, you're sure to have a memory full of blunders.
Acknowledge your own success. Toot your own horn and don't wait for anyone else to praise you!
If you only remember the mistakes and failures, you won't be as ready to take risks that will lead to your successes. Build your self-esteem by recalling ALL the ways you have succeeded and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again.
Take time to write your achievements down. Start when you were very young and think of all your achievements since then. Don't just pick the big things, write down all the things you take for granted. You can also create a log of success everyday and review it when you are faced with a new challenge. By writing it all down everyday, you're securing it in your long-term memory and it will become a part of what makes you tick.
Surround yourself with reminders of your success.
Put up pictures, articles, trophies, awards and other pieces that ring your attention to your success. Make your environment speak to you about your achievements. Be proud of them!
People like to be around those who have a healthy self-esteem and who are achieving their Goals. Commit to acknowledging your achievements and your brain will begin to tell you the truth... that you can do ANYTHING!
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